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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS 
TO NFSA SOUTH CENTRAL REGION!

Please welcome the following new members:

NEW CONTRACTORS
Alliance Specialized Systems, Carlos Morett

NEW SUPPLIER/MANUFACTURER
Craftmark Pipe Markers, Glen Christensen

If you know of an associate that has an interest in the NFSA, please direct them to cindyg@nfsa.org

The South Central Region of NFSA includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. According to Forbes Magazine; four of the “Twenty Fastest Growing Cities in America” (in 2014) are located in the South Central Region. These cities are:

Austin (Number 1)
Dallas (Number 4)
Houston (Number 10)
San Antonio (Number 20)


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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS

Open Shop Contractors (Install, Service Inspect)
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Union Contractors (Install, Service, Inspect)
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Suppliers (Sell Fire Sprinkler Equipment)
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Manufacturers (Make Fire Sprinkler Equipment)
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Professionals (Design Buildings & Fire Systems)
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Subscribers (Enforce Fire Protection)
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ALL NFSA MEMBERS RECEIVE MONTHLY TECH BULLETINS!
Click here for a a free Tech Bulletin featuring "What is a Listed Antifreeze?"

 

           
           
         

 
 

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IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM THE TEXAS STATE FIRE MARSHAL LICENSING OFFICE

DRY FIRE SPRINKLERS AND FREEZE PROTECTION

Where dry sprinklers are connected to a wet pipe sprinkler system, NFPA 13 (2013 edition) requires the fittings supplying the dry sprinklers, and in some instances a portion of the dry sprinkler barrel (those identified with a length other than 0 in.), to be located in a space having a temperature of 40°or higher in accordance with Table 8.4.9. 1 (a) or (b). The requirements of NFPA 13, sections 8.4.9.1 and 8.4.9.2 are stated below:
8.4.9.1
Where dry sprinklers are connected to wet pipe sprinkler systems protecting areas subject to freezing temperatures, the minimum exposed length of barrel of the dry sprinkler shall be in accordance with Table 8.4.9.1(1) or Table 8.4.9.1 (b).

8.4.9.2
The minimum barrel length shall be measured from the face of the fitting to which the dry sprinkler is installed to the inside surface of the insulation, wall or ceiling leading to the cold space, whichever is closest to the fitting.If a licensee (fitters are not licensed) is installing a dry sidewall sprinkler within a wall space as part of a wet pipe sprinkler system installation, the branch line and exposed barrel length identified in either Table 8.4.9.1 (a) or (b) must be located within the heated envelope of the building (conditioned space having a temperature at or exceeding the selected value from the Table).

If the minimum exposed barrel length and fitting supplying the dry sprinkler cannot be maintained by the owner (except due to failure of the heating equipment) at or above the selected exposure temperature from Table 8.4.9.1 (a) or (b), the licensee’s installation shall be considered non-compliant with the requirements of NFPA 13, Section 8.4.9.1.

The exterior (ambient exposure) temperature must consider historical low temperature for the area where the sprinkler system is being installed. Interior temperature must be maintained at or above the temperature selected from Table 8.4.9.1, but never less than 40° F. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in potential for failure due to freezing temperatures. This is considered improper installation and the licensee would be held accountable for the improper installation and any failure that occurs as a result.

 

Upcoming Events


REGIONAL EVENTS

MOUNT MAGAZINE, AR
September 26-28, 2017
Arkansas Fire Marshals Association Fall Conference

DALLAS
PHOENIX WORLD BURN CONGRESS
October 4-7, 2017
Dallas Sheraton Hotel
Vendor Booths, Donate or Register Here

DALLAS/FORT WORTH - BEAR CREEK GOLF COURSE
FSCATX ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
October 9, 2017
Register Here

AUSTIN, TX
October 16-20, 2017
Texas Fire Marshals Annual Conference
Vendor Booths

DALLAS, TX
October 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NFSA North Texas Chapter Meeting & FREE Lunch
Mark Hopkins, P.E. - Future Solutions to Corrosion

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
December 12-14, 2017
December 12, 2017 - Introduction to Fire Sprinkler Systems: Sprinklers, Standpipes & Fire Pumps
December 13, 2017 - Sprinkler System Installation Requirements
December 14, 2017 - Rough & Final Inspections
Each Day of Training - $150.00/Member & AHJ's OR $325/Non-members
NFSA.org

 

Links

FIRE SPRINKLER SAVES BLOG
The Fire Sprinkler Saves Blog is the one stop shop for all successful fire sprinkler activations in the United States. The Blog is maintained by Jeff Norton of Viking Supply.


HOME FIRE SPRINKLER COALITION
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has a large amount of material that can be directly downloaded by the public, fire service and builder from the HFSC web site.

 

NATIONAL FIRE SPRINKLER ASSOCIATION

NFPA CODE ALERTS


NFPA’s “Reporters Guide to Fire and NFPA”

NFPA EDUCATIONAL MESSAGES DESK REFERENCES

NFPA FIRE SPRINKLER INITIATIVE
The "Fire Sprinkler Initiative®: Bringing Safety Home" project outlines proven, effective ways that home fire sprinkler advocates can communicate the impact of sprinklers. Visit the initiative web site for free resources for the fire service and other sprinkler advocates, including fact sheets, videos, research, and our "Faces of Fire" campaign, which features real people telling personal stories that demonstrate the need for home fire sprinklers.

 

USFA COFFEE BREAK TRAININGS

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is providing Coffee Break Training bulletins for you to read and enjoy during your daily break. These one-page training notices, with a new one posted every week, provide technical training and administrative tips.

 

USFA FIRE STATISTICS
U.S. Fire Administration Fire Estimates
National Fire Protection Association Estimates
U.S. Fire Death Rates and Relative Risk
State Fire Death Rates and Relative Risk
Wildfire

USFA NEWS MEDIA & PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS
Fire Prevention Tips for News Stories
Fire Prevention Campaigns
Fire Spokesperson's Media Guide
Photos and B-Roll
Public Service Announcements (PSAs)