Which of the following installations can be acceptable for smoke detectors?
a. Wall-mounted smoke detector located 3 inches down from the ceiling
b. Smoke detector located at the bottom of a shallow beam
c. Ceiling-mounted smoke detector located 2-1/2 inches from a wall
d. Smoke detector located adjacent (1 ft) to a supply diffuser
A portion of a home-improvement store has K11.2 ceiling-only sprinkler protection above double row racks. The owner is looking to store bagged charcoal (without any impregnated ignition fluid or plastic wrap) atop reinforced plastic pallets in this area. What would the commodity classification be for this arrangement if no plastics are intermixed?
a. Class II
b. Class III
c. Class IV
d. Group A Plastic
Solution | Posted 06/22/18
Which of the following arrangements is not permitted for a new prison, under NFPA standards?
a. Sprinkler Protected, Type II (222) Construction, High-Rise Building
b. Sprinkler Protected, Type II (000) Construction, 3-Story Building
c. Sprinkler Protected, Type IV (2HH) Construction, 2-Story Building
d. Sprinkler Protected, Type V (000) Construction, 1-Story Building
Solution | Posted 06/21/18
Consider the following fire hydrant flow tests conducted at the same elevation:
Test A: 75 psi Static, 60 psi Residual at 1,200 gpm
Test B: 65 psi Static, 60 psi Residual at 1,800 gpm
Test C: 70 psi Static, 45 psi Residual at 1,200 gpm
Which of the following is true?
a. Test A would provide better pressure than Test B for a 1,500 sqft Light Hazard sprinkler system.
b. Test A would provide better pressure than Test B for a 3,000 sqft ESFR sprinkler system.
c. Test B would always provide better pressure than Test C for any type re sprinkler system.
d. Both a and c.
Solution | Posted 06/20/18
Which of the following is typically not considered obstructed construction for fire sprinkler design?
a. concrete tees with solid members 5 inch wide and 2 ft tall
b. heavy timber construction with 4 inch solid wood beams
c. beam and girder construction with 6 inch steel beams 6 ft apart
d. panel construction with panels under 300 sqft
Solution | Posted 06/18/18
A class III commodity is encapsulated and stored on shelves within a large walk-in cooler. A dry system is being designed to serve this hazard. If the storage is anticipated to be 13 ft. in height with a 17 ft. ceiling, determine the required design density with the smallest remote area for high temperature sprinkler protection using the Control Mode Density/Area approach.
a. 0.14 gpm/sqft / 2,000 sqft
b. 0.14 gpm/sqft / 2,600 sqft
c. 0.15 gpm/sqft / 2,600 sqft
d. 0.17 gpm/sqft / 2,000 sqft
Solution | Posted 06/15/18
Inergen (IG-541) is being used for protection of several rooms which contain highly valuable historic documents. If the fire type is considered Class A and the design concentration of Inergen is provided, determine the clean agent-air mixture density.
a. 1.15 kg/cu. m
b. 1.25 kg/cu. m
c. 1.28 kg/cu. m
d. 1.44 kg/cu. m
Solution | Posted 06/14/18
A hospital's patient tower has an an exit access corridor with 1/2 hour partition fire resistance rating on
the first level. If the interior architect would like to provide side transoms (narrow windows) along the side
of the doors that lead to the exit access corridor, what fire resistance rating must the transoms have?
a. 1/3 hour
b. 1/2 hour
c. 3/4 hour
Solution | Posted 06/13/18
A fire alarm system containing horn/strobes, manual pull stations, fire sprinkler monitoring, and heat
detectors would be considered what type of fire alarm system?
a. manual, temporal-3
b. manual and automatic, temporal-3
c. manual, emergency voice/alarm communication
d. manual and automatic, emergency voice/alarm communication
Solution | Posted 06/12/18
A forensic investigator is trying to determine approximate timing of events after a fire within a hospital basement. A quick response sprinkler (RTI of 50 m^1/2s^1/2), Ordinary Temperature (65 deg C) was within a room (2.2 m high ceiling) that has an initial temperature of 70 deg F and was exposed to a ceiling plume at 190 deg F traveling at 2.3 m/s. Approximately how long should it have taken the sprinkler to activate?
a. 1 seconds
b. 15 seconds
c. 23 seconds
d. 35 seconds
Solution | Posted 06/11/18
Which of the following would not require a fire alarm system?
a. A new second-floor tenant insurance sales office of 60 people
b. An existing four-story fraternity house of 70 people
c. A single-story 80,000 sqft high-hazard warehouse of 90 people
d. A new single-story 35,000 sqft Class A department store
Solution | Posted 06/08/18
Determine the required thrust block volume (in cubic feet) for a 45-degree elbow serving a wet 6-inch schedule 10 pipe in sandy silt with a 50% safety factor added. The water within the pipe has a maximum pressure of 140 psi and the block material has a density of 150 pounds per cubic foot.
a. 28 cubic feet
b. 31 cubic feet
c. 44 cubic feet
d. 63 cubic feet
Solution | Posted 06/07/18
In which of the following scenarios is neither explosion protection nor suppression system required?
a. Flammable paint warehouse mixing rooms where open transfer of paint occurs
b. Dust ventilator equipment where the dust density can be above its lower flammability limit
c. Mechanical room where service equipment is subject to explosion
d. All of the above require either explosion protection or suppression systems
Solution | Posted 06/06/18
An existing warehouse storing flammable and combustible liquids, considered high-hazard storage, has a ramp at the back of the building used for egress. If the ramp serves an egress load of 79 persons, what is the required minimum ramp width?
a. 30 inches
b. 31.6 inches
c. 39.5 inches
d. 40 inches
Solution | Posted 06/05/18
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The worst expected symptoms for humans when concentration of carbon monoxide reaches 1600 parts per million is which of the following:
a. no adverse effects for up to 8 hours of exposure
b. dizziness after 45 minutes of exposure
c. nausea, headache, and dizziness after 20 minutes of exposure
d. unconsciousness and danger of death after 10-15 minutes of exposure
Solution | Posted 10/09/17
An open, unobstructed space connects an entry level lobby with a balcony on the level above in a fully-sprinklered residential building while separated from the remainder of the building with a smoke barrier. If the space only has low hazard contents and meets egress requirements, what type of space does it qualify as?
b. Communicating Space
c. Convenience Opening
d. Two-Story Opening with Partial Enclosure
Solution | Posted 10/06/17, Updated 10/16/17
A Level 2 Aerosol is to be boxed and stored on pallets at 15 feet with a ceiling height of 26 feet. Which of the following sprinkler protection criteria is acceptable?
a. Standard Spray (K-factor at least 8.0) Sprinklers; 0.30 gpm/sqft over 2,500 sqft
b. ESFR upright K14.0, quick-response, 12 sprinklers at 50 psi
c. ESFR pendent K16.8, quick response, 12 sprinklers at 35 psi
d. ESFR pendent K22.4, standard response, 12 sprinklers at 25 psi
Solution | Posted 10/02/17
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