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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Image Replacement Documents to Standpipe and Hose Systems


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Standpipe systems are an essential component to fire protection, as they provide water that firefighters and first responders can discharge through hoses to extinguish flames. The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA's) NFPA 14-2016, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, covers the minimum requirements for the installation of standpipes and hose systems and provides a reasonable degree of protection for life and property from fire through installation requirements for standpipes and hose systems based on sound engineering principles, test data, and field experience.

NFPA, an ANSI member and audited designator, is committed to producing and promoting consensus codes and standards, research, and training and education, and works to prevent fires as well as to lessen the impact of fires when they do occur, which includes developing procedures that will keep firefighters safe and healthy.


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