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Smoke Detectors

07/06/2016 4:30 AM

Dear All,

For a maintenance operation building ,( MOB ) used in in refinery

The building is equipped with Sprinkler system activated by Quatrised heat detector.

NFPA 101 is followed as the guideline for Life safety code, Reference chapter 9 highlights that if sprinkler system is provided ,fire alarm detection system can be avoided

As per client specs smoke detection system is also required for MOB

Q) Is it normal to have building with both sprinkler and smoke detection system in one building or room ?

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Re: Smoke detectors

07/06/2016 7:49 AM

I have always looked at as a sprinkler system protects the building. Smoke (and CO) detectors protect the occupants. Smoke and CO can kill the occupants well before the heat in a room reaches a temperature high enough to activate the sprinklers.

Anyway, if the client wants smoke detectors, provide them regardless.

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07/06/2016 8:24 AM

That was common practice in nursing homes and hospitals, in the USA, when I did that kind of engineering work in the early 1970's. I assume this has not changed since then.

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Re: Smoke Detectors

07/06/2016 7:10 PM

Just do it!

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07/07/2016 1:03 AM

The smoke detectors I thought would be compulsory there can be smoke a long time before there is actually any flames. Things can smoulder for many hours before bursting into flames so the smoke detectors would act as a early warning system allowing action to be taken before any major damage can be done to the building by fire that could save lives & many thousands of $$$

They want extra safety measures above the regulations so make them happy give them what they want.

Sounds like your customer is smart & safety conscious

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07/07/2016 4:55 AM

Yes (and assuming he means an oil refinery) they'll be pretty hot on fire safety. Be embarrassing if the MOB had a fire.

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Re: Smoke Detectors

07/07/2016 6:00 AM

Is there some reason the answer cannot be found in <...NFPA 101...>?

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