Standpipes

Key Resources

Standpipe PDF Guide

21 page guide for standpipes.

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NFPA 14 Guide

Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems.

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Information

Wet-automatic

  • Water supply valve automatically opens or system is always charged
  • Water in entire system
  • Has a water supply capable of supplying the system demand

Dry-automatic

  • Water valve automatically operated
  • Air in the system
  • Has a water supply capable of supplying the system demand

Dry semi-automatic

  • Water valve manually opened by an approved device
  • No water in the system
  • Has a water supply capable of supplying the system demand

Manual-dry

  • Atmospheric air in the system
  • Water supply must be provided by fire department pumpers

Manual-wet

  • Water in the system
  • Water supply must be provided by fire department pumpers
Class I
  • Used by fire departments and trained individuals
  • 2 1/2 inch hose
  • Capable of effective hose streams to fight a fire in its advanced stages
  • May be used for exposure protections
Class II
  • Used by building occupants
  • Hose size
  • Capable of effective hose streams to fight a fire in its early stages
  • Concerns – Delay in escape of occupants due to fighting the fire
Class III
  • Combine Class I and II
    • 1-1/2 inch hose
    • 2-1/2 inch outlet
  • Use either fire department or building occupants that are trained (See OSHA requirements)

Mission Statement

“To protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.”

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