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Placement of Fire Department Connections on Buildings

 

Placement of Fire Department Connections on Buildings

(Intended to provide guidance, but is not all inclusive. Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office for further information.)

1.     Fire Department Connections can be no further than 100 feet from an access road/fire lane.

2.     Fire Department Connections must be clearly visible.

3.     Fire Department Connections must be easily accessible.

4.     Fire Department Connections must have locking caps (Knox FDC Plugs).

From IFC (2006 Edition):

912.2 Location.   With respect to hydrants, driveways, buildings and landscaping, fire department connections shall be so located that fire apparatus and hose connected to supply the system will not obstruct access to the buildings for other fire apparatus. The location of fire department connections shall be approved.

912.2.1 Visible location.   Fire department connections shall be located on the street side of buildings, fully visible and recognizable from the street or nearest point of fire department vehicle access or as otherwise approved by the fire code official.

912.3 Access.   Immediate access to fire department connections shall be maintained at all times and without obstruction by fences, bushes, trees, walls or any other object for a minimum of 3 feet (914 mm).

912.4 Signs.   A metal sign with raised letters at least 1 inch (25 mm) in size shall be mounted on all fire department connections serving automatic sprinklers, standpipes or fire pump connections. Such signs shall read: AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS or STANDPIPES or TEST CONNECTION or a combination thereof as applicable.

From NFPA 13 (2013 Edition):

6.8.1*   Unless the requirements of 6.8.1.1, 6.8.1.2, or 6.8.1.3 are met, the fire department connection(s) shall consist of two 2 1/2 in. (65 mm) connections using NH internal threaded swivel fitting(s) with “2.5–7.5 NH standard thread,” as specified in NFPA 1963.

6.8.1.3  A single-outlet fire department connection shall be acceptable where piped to a 3 in. (80 mm) or smaller riser.

A.8.17.2   The fire department connection should be located not less than 18 in. (457 mm) and not more than 4 ft (1.2 m) above the level of the adjacent grade or access level.

 

 

      

8.17.2.4.5    Where a fire department connection services only a portion of a building, a sign shall be attached indicating the portions of the building served.

8.17.2.4.6*   Fire department connections shall be located at the nearest point of fire department apparatus accessibility or at a location approved by the authority having jurisdiction. 

A.8.17.2.4.6 Obstructions to fire department connections include but are not limited to buildings, fences, posts, shrubbery, other fire department connections, gas meters, and electrical equipment.

 
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