National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Handbook
Editors: Richard J. Roux
and Christopher D. Coache
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inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm, carbon
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Code changes are shaded,
so they're easy to spot.
System Design Tips help
architects and engineers avoid common errors in application that
can result in costly delays or charge backs.
Updated FAQs answer
questions from the field.
Code excerpts from other
standards are highlighted in the commentary providing better
discussion context without the need to locate other documents.
The "NFPA 720" icon
indicates requirements added to the Code from NFPA 720, Standard
for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and
Warning Equipment, which has been withdrawn.
The "FM" icon indicates
material in Chapter 14 of special interest to facility managers.
performance-based design, and voice intelligibility for
Technical changes from
2016 to the 2019 editions of NFPA 72 are explained, including
major changes such as carbon monoxide detection incorporated
from NFPA 720.
Greater explanation and
discussion pertaining to fire service access elevators, occupant
evacuation elevators (OEE), and occupant evacuation operation
Changes pertaining to
Ethernet wiring for fire alarm systems and mass notification
systems are explained and detailed in the commentary.
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1,216 pp., 2019)
National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, 2019 Edition, with
Chapter 1 Administration
1.6 Units and Formulas
1.7 Code Adoption Requirements
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Reserved
Chapter 5 Reserved
Chapter 6 Reserved
Chapter 7 Documentation
7.2 Minimum Required Documentation
7.3 Design (Layout) Documentation
7.4 Shop Drawings (Installation Documentation)
7.5 Completion Documentation
7.6 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Documentation
7.7 Records, Record Retention, and Record Maintenance
Chapter 8 Reserved
Chapter 9 Reserved
Chapter 10 Fundamentals
10.4 Installation and Design
10.5 Personnel Qualifications
10.6 Power Supplies
10.7 Signal Priority
10.8 Detection and Signaling of Conditions
10.10 Distinctive Signals
10.11 Alarm Signals.
10.12 Fire Alarm Notification Appliance Deactivation
10.13 Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Notification Appliance Deactivation.
10.14 Supervisory Signals
10.14 Trouble Signals
10.16 Emergency Control Function Status Indicators
10.17 Notification Appliance Circuits and Control Circuits.
10.18 Annunciation and Annunciation Zoning
10.19 Monitoring Integrity of In-Building Fire Emergency
Voice/Alarm Communications Systems
10.20 Documentation and Notification
Chapter 11 Reserved
Chapter 12 Circuits and Pathways
12.3 Pathway Class Designations
12.4 Pathway Survivability
12.5 Shared Pathway Designations
12.6 Monitoring Integrity and Circuit Performance of
Installation Conductors and Other Signaling Channels
Chapter 13 Reserved
Chapter 14 Inspection, Testing, and
Chapter 15 Reserved
Chapter 16 Reserved
Chapter 17 Initiating Devices
17.3 Performance-Based Design
17.4 General Requirements
17.5 Requirements for Smoke and Heat Detectors
17.6 Heat-Sensing Fire Detectors
17.7 Smoke-Sensing Fire Detectors
17.8 Radiant Energy–Sensing Fire Detectors
17.9 Combination, Multi-Criteria, and Multi-Sensor Detectors
17.10 Gas Detection
17.11 Other Fire Detectors
17.12 Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
17.13 Sprinkler Waterflow Alarm-Initiating Devices
17.14 Detection of Operation of Other Automatic
17.15 Manually Actuated Alarm-Initiating Devices
17.16 Fire Extinguisher Electronic Monitoring Device
17.17 Supervisory Signal–Initiating Devices
Chapter 18 Notification Appliances
18.4 Audible Characteristics
18.5 Visible Characteristics — Public Mode
18.6 Visible Characteristics — Private Mode
18.7 Supplementary Visible Signaling Method
18.8 Textual Audible Appliances
18.9 Textual and Graphical Visible Appliances.
18.10 Tactile Appliances
18.11 Standard Emergency Service Interface
Chapter 19 Reserved
Chapter 20 Reserved
Chapter 21 Emergency Control Function
21.3 Elevator Recall for Fire Fighters' Service
21.4 Elevator Shutdown
21.5 Fire Service Access Elevators.
21.6 Occupant Evacuation Elevators (OEE)
21.7 Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
21.8 High Volume Low Speed (HVLS)
21.9 Door and Shutter Release
21.10 Electrically Locked Doors
21.11 Exit Marking Audible Notification Systems
Chapter 22 Reserved
Chapter 23 Protected Premises Fire Alarm
23.3 System Features
23.4 System Performance and Integrity
23.5 Performance of Initiating Device Circuits (IDCs)
23.6 Performance of Signaling Line Circuits (SLCs)
23.7 Performance of Notification Appliance Circuits (NACs)
23.8 System Requirements
23.9 In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications
23.10 Fire Alarm Systems Using Tone
23.11 Suppression System Actuation
23.12 Off-Premises Signals
23.13 Guard’s Tour Supervisory Service
23.14 Suppressed (Exception Reporting) Signal System
23.15 Protected Premises Emergency Control Functions.
23.16 Special Requirements for Low-Power Radio (Wireless)
Chapter 24 Emergency Communications
24.4 In-Building Fire Emergency
Voice/Alarm Communications Systems (EVACS)
24.5 In-Building Mass Notification Systems
24.6 Wide-Area Mass Notification Systems
24.7 Distributed Recipient Mass Notification Systems (DRMNS)
24.8 Two-Way, In-Building
Wired Emergency Services Communications Systems
Radio Communications Enhancement Systems
24.10 Area of Refuge (Area of Rescue Assistance)
Emergency Communications Systems, Stairway Communications
Systems, Elevator Landing Communications Systems, and
Occupant Evacuation Elevator Lobby Communications Systems.
24.11 Information, Command, and
24.12 Performance-Based Design of
Mass Notification Systems
for Emergency Communications Systems
Chapter 25 Reserved
Chapter 26 Supervising Station Alarm
26.3 Central Station Service Alarm Systems.
26.4 Proprietary Supervising Station Alarm Systems.
26.5 Remote Supervising Station Alarm Systems
26.6 Communications Methods for Supervising Station Alarm
Chapter 27 Public Emergency Alarm
27.2 General Fundamentals
27.3 Management and Maintenance
27.4 Communications Methods
27.5 Alarm Processing Equipment
27.6 Alarm Boxes
27.7 Public Cable Plant
27.8 Emergency Communications Systems (ECS)
Chapter 28 Reserved
Chapter 29 Single- and Multiple-Station
Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems
29.3 Basic Requirements
29.4 Remote Annunciation.
29.7 Carbon Monoxide Detection.
29.8 Detection and Notification
29.9 Power Supplies
29.10 Equipment Performance
29.12 Optional Functions
29.13 Maintenance and Tests
29.14 Markings and Instructions
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Engineering Guide for Automatic Fire Detector Spacing
Annex C System Performance and Design Guide
Annex D Speech Intelligibility
Annex E Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 72
Annex F Wiring Diagrams and Guide for Testing Fire Alarm
Annex G Guidelines for Emergency
Strategies for Buildings and Campuses
Annex H Carbon Monoxide
Annex I Informational References
Building Codes and Related
Low Voltage / Fire Alarm Related
Electrical Exam Prep
2014 NEC and Related