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If you are a federal or state surveyor, inspector, or fire marshal, this is the right page.

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As a subscriber, I make information about NFPA standards available to you from the standpoint of a generator industry insider. I shed light on issues that help you understand the intent of the more technical aspects of the code and why the writers of NFPA standards may have included them. For example:

  • When is a loadbank test required?
  • NEC required sign indicating the location of the generator
  • The real reason for the remote manual stop station
  • How and why to conduct the installation acceptance test as delineated in NFPA 110, 2005 edition, chapter 7.13
  • The meaning of NFPA 110. 2005 edition, chapter torsional vibration certification.

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    Let me clear up some confusion about the NFPA 110, 99, and 70 generator provisions.

    Here is a big misunderstanding.

    Most people think standby generators are for the obvious. They provide light and heat and comfort in case of an ice storm, hurricane, or other disaster that causes the normal power to fail.

    That is not what they are for!

    IBC specifies standby generators are to be used to provide power for smoke control systems, fire pumps, and elevators. If a building fire occurs, the standby generator is the only source of power for the life safety equipment when the firefighters turn the normal power offin order to safely fight the fire.

    In fact, the automatic transfer switch and generator must be isolated from the rest of the building and the emergency power conductors may not be run in the same raceway as normal power conductors for fire pumps and smoke control devices.

    If the generator fails during a fire, the life safety equipment fails too!

    Standby generators and the building and fire codes that cover them are complicated and difficult. Many codes and standards of various editions govern their installation, equipment, and testing. Since I am familiar with the equipment after 35 plus years in the industry I am it an ideal position to help you sort this all out.

    Standby generator code compliance does not need to be difficult.

    My QuickCheck guide simplifies the matter. It allows you to survey a standby generator installation accurately and quickly. You may download my QuickCheckguide along with my accompanying code index at no charge.

    Recently, health care facility surveyors have been checking for a manual remote stop station. Once again confusion exists. This is not required in case of a failure of the generator. The remote manual stop station has been in the NFPA 110 from the beginning. It should be in place to allow the battalion commander control of the generator when he arrives on the scene of a fire.

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    Have Codebooks, Will Travel

    Would you like a visit? I can travel to your location.

    I have prepared a workshop for surveyors, building inspectors, and fire marshals. I can show you how to inspect EPS systems for code compliance and safety. If you can provide the classroom, I can provide the training.

    I have presented my workshop for the Kansas State Fire Marshals, the Missouri State Fire Marshals, the Fire Marshal�s Association of Missouri, CMS Region VII, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

    If you would like to talk with someone or set up training, e-mail me at paul@standbypowersolutions.comor call 816-373-5006.

    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.

    The assistance I provide is based on the questions you ask and the accuracy of the information you provide about your equipment or project. I cannot guarantee you will like or agree with my response.

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