NFPA 76: Standard for Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities,

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NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities, 2016 Edition

Public safety and security demand a reliable telecommunications network — including telephone, data, wireless, Internet, and video services. Make sure your fire protection plan complies with NFPA 76.

Society and the economy are more dependent than ever on the telecommunications network for emergency communications, security, and transfer of electronic data, so protecting the public network from threats is essential. NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities addresses the fire protection of facilities providing telephone, data, wireless, Internet, and video services to the public — as well as life safety for the occupants plus protection of equipment and service continuity.

Comprehensive coverage gives designers, architects, facility owners, and AHJs both performance-based and prescriptive options for telecommunication facilities, including:

  • Telecommunications equipment spaces
  • Cable entrance facilities
  • Power areas and battery spaces
  • Main distribution frames
  • Standby engine areas
  • Technical support areas
  • Administrative areas
  • Building services and support areas within large and small facilities

Important changes in the 2016 edition of NFPA 76 reflect the intent of the Standard as it applies to existing and altered facilities in a retroactive manner.

Know if your facility is fine “as is” or requires any additional upgrading to increase the level of safety. In addition, a new chapter identifies the application of NFPA 76 to small, unoccupied structures and the level of protection that must be provided. Meet society’s needs for continuous and reliable telecommunications services by working with the 2016 edition of NFPA 76. (Softbound, 66 pp., 2016)

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