Fire Safety Consultants, Inc. Fall 2022 Newsletter


General Requirements

  •  All ceiling information including soffits, heights, construction type, slope, etc. must be shown and noted with cross section or elevation details
  • Where modifications are to be made to a system, enough information about the existing system shall be provided to make all conditions clear
  • Manufacturer data sheets must be provided for all components to be installed. Where more than one item is included on the data sheet, the specific item(s) to be installed should be
    highlighted or otherwise indicated
  • All plans must have the contractors name, address, and phone number
  • All plans must have the designer’s name and evidence of qualifications
  • All plans shall include the building use and occupancy classification
  • Recommend providing all correct code year references as adopted by the municipality or fire department

Electronic Submittals

  • All plan sheets shall be saved under one PDF File
  • All data sheets shall be saved under one PDF File
  • PDF files names shall not include #,&,! symbols
  • The plan’s page orientation shall be correct from left to right
  • Uploading information shall include contractor’s name, email, and phone number for the submittal person
  • If applicable, include additional contractor’s name if payment is not the same as the submitting contractor

Fire Alarm Systems

See the International Building Code and NFPA 72 for a complete submittal requirement list.

  • A summary sheet or symbol list showing all device types and count shall be provided
  • A riser wiring diagram shall be reflected on the plans
  • An input/output matrix (sequence of operations) or narrative describing system operation
  •  Floor plan showing the location of all fire alarm equipment and alarm transmission equipment
  •  Provide specific details on the type of supervising station to be used. Provide a copy of the UL listing if a central station company is to be used to supervise this system
  • All wiring information must be shown on the plans including size, type, and if applicable, underground wiring details as well
  • Complete and detailed fire alarm control unit and remote power supply battery calculations must be provided. Clearly note the battery sizes to be installed
  • Notification circuit voltage drop calculations using the “UL MAX” values for notification appliances must be provided. If the NAC output is FWR, the correct FWR amperage values for the
    notification appliances shall be used
  • All fire alarm system drawings shall use the standardized symbols as described in NFPA 170, the Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols

Sprinkler System

See the International Building Code and NFPA 13 for a complete submittal requirement list.

  • Provide a scaled site plan clearly showing the building, fire department connection, and fire hydrant locations near the FDC
  • Plans shall include a sprinkler legend listing the specific sprinkler manufacturer, model, sprinkler identification number (SIN), K-factor, temperature rating, and quantity of each
    type. Legends must be provided on every sheet
  • Manufacturer data sheets for all equipment including sprinklers, valves, etc. must be included and highlighted to show which models are to be used.
  • Complete flow and/or pump test information, including date of test. Many jurisdictions require less than one year old. Provide a copy of the fire pump test if system has an existing
    fire pump
  • Detailed hydraulic calculations that include a graph curve sheet. The friction loss for the specified backflow preventer shall be clearly shown in the calculations
  • All hydraulic node points must be clearly shown on the drawings
  • All ceiling information including soffits, heights, construction type, slope, etc. must be shown and noted with cross section detailed on the plans. Sprinkler locations are to be shown
    in the details where appropriate
  • Specific code sections and storage information must be provided for all design densities greater than required for Ordinary Hazard Group II

Remember that a complete submittal alone will not guarantee approval. Making sure the plans are technically correct and in accordance with the adopted codes is the primary basis on which plans are approved or not approved. Don’t forget, with electronic submittals, you are required to print off an FSCI stamped set and have it on site for all inspections. As always, please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions!

– Ryan Case, Fire Safety Consultant