I understand there's a tradition of locating a horn/strobe or other exterior waterflow notification appliance on the exterior of the building, but where is it required and is a location stipulated?
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2/18/2019 10:16:55 am
It is usually in your local building code. For example, it is located in the 2015 international building code chapter 9, 903.4.2. Check the exceptions to see if you need one.
2/18/2019 10:43:08 am
James is correct. It is also in the same section of the fire code, and requires an approved audible device located on the exterior of the building in an approved location. In my jurisdiction, the AHJ typically requires it on the address facing wall of the building.
2/18/2019 11:31:17 am
Above the FDC. Some AHJ are replacing bells with horn strobes and color coding the lens to blue or red if the clear is being used to signify FACP annunciator location.
2/19/2019 07:09:07 am
From an AHJ perspective, I have always preferred that the waterflow alarm be both audible and visual (but it doesn't need to be a "strobe" light). The device should be located above and in close proximity to the fire department connection. This assists responding firefighters in locating the FDC.
9/5/2022 07:22:39 am
Do you really want an audible alarm at the FDC? i would feel bad for the Engine Operator who is going to be close to this alarm and will have a headache after an hour. I feel a strobe of flashing light
2/19/2019 08:50:00 am
As indicated above the location(s) and types of these devices are dependent on the AHJ where I am we have 5 AHJ and each has some requirement that's different.
2/19/2019 10:51:43 am
Is it for a building located within a city (outside wall of a supermarket, office building...) or for buildings inside an industrial facility ?
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