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Remote Manual Stop Station
NFPA 110, 1999 edition, Chapter 3-5.5.6

I get a lot of questions about this. It has long been a requirement. You will find it in NFPA 110, 1999 edition, chapter 3-5.5.6 as well as all subsequent and previous editions. It doesn�t specifically relate to healthcare facilities. It is a requirement for allgenerators including malls, hotels, stadiums, theatres, big box stores, etc.

The codes required by CMS are a small piece of the larger building and fire code structure. Cities and some states require compliance with International Building Code and International Fire Code. Some also require NFPA 101, Life Safety Codeas well as other standards.

IBC and IFC fortunately list NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems and NFPA 70, National Electric Codejust as NFPA 101 does, so conveniently, CMS requirements fall in line with most municipal requirements. That means if your contractor adhered to local codes you are most likely in line with CMS.

The fire and building codes, through NFPA 70 require a sign at the electrical entrance (NFPA 70, 2005 edition, article 700.8 and 701.9) indicating the type and location of any on-site power source. This is because if you have a fire, the battalion commander wants to be able to turn the power off before he sends his team in to spray water on it. If you have followed the code and installed a remote manual stop station, clearly marked, the firefighters can suppress the fire without fear of being electrocuted.

Be Careful!

Generators and automatic transfer switches as well as their appurtenant devices employ high voltages that can hurt you. Do not attempt to work with this equipment unless you are qualified. Observe all rules and cautions found in the manufacturer�s manuals as well as NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

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