FSSA Urges Members to Vote "Yes" on NFPA 75 NITMAM
Monday, May 23, 2016
Public Comment No. 30 to NFPA 75-2014 reduces the level of fire protection provided in data centers under raised floors, allowing specific combustibles (power and communications cables) to be installed, removing the requirement for automatic-sprinkler or gaseous-suppression systems. A "yes" vote is a vote against the public comment.
The FSSA believes this reduction in the fire protection standard to be a mistake and our organization is in favor of the NITMAM to restore the original language. We encourage you to vote ‘YES’ in the NFPA Technical Meeting on Thursday, Jun. 16 at 8:00 a.m. for the following reasons:
- Installation of automatic suppression under raised floors is a longstanding and proven fire protection practice since the 1960’s.
- Voting ‘YES’ supports the requirement made in the 2001 edition of NFPA 75.
- The cables allowed under a raised floor by the PC #30 are still allowed to be combustible.
- No automatic protection in a raised floor means manual firefighting would be required in a
- “concealed space” containing combustibles.
- Requiring manual firefighting under raised floors is unreasonably dangerous.
- Fire department personnel are familiar with concealed fires overhead, in ceilings, but not under a floor.
- Raised floors are difficult to manipulate and cannot be penetrated with regular firefighting tools. Firefighters are unfamiliar with opening floors, made more difficult by fire conditions.
Any questions will be answered at FSSA Booth #1715 at the NFPA Conference & Expo or by contacting FSSA Headquarters at (410) 931-8100.
To support and vote on the NFPA 75 NITMAM, please register for the 2016 NFPA Expo by clicking here.