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California State Fire Marshal Information Bulletin 14-004
May 27, 2014
NON-METALLIC PIPING SYSTEMS, FIRE SPRINKLERS AND SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM APPLICATIONS
This information bulletin has been developed to provide basic guidance and important information to contractors, fire sprinkler installers, and local Authorities Having Jurisdictions. It is critical that fire sprinkler and spray foam installers work together to ensure that installation of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) does not adversely affect the integrity of the non-metallic pipe in fire sprinkler systems. The following guidelines have been developed to provide proper installation of SPF with non- metallic fire sprinkler piping:
> Non-metallicpipingandfiresprinklersshall beinstalledinaccordancewith the manufacturers’ listingcriteria,aswell asadoptedcodesandstandards.
> The application of SPF insulation shall be installed by a trained and/or certified applicator in accordance with manufacturer’s installation instructions and all applicable product listings. See OSFM Information Bulletin 13-007, dated November 18, 2013, regarding fire sprinkler venting.
> When non-metallic piping is used in the fire sprinkler systems, best practices of compatibility and/or protection of non-metallic sprinkler piping and fire sprinklers are necessary with the installation of polyurethane foam-insulation in new and existing construction.
> Thecontractorinstallinginsulationshall abideby the manufacturer’srecommended maximum thicknessperpass.Thiswill limitinternalfoam temperaturecausedbythe exothermicpolyurethanereaction.
The following links provide additional resources relating to fire sprinkler installation: > California Fire Sprinkler Coalition
http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/codedevelopment/CaliforniaHomeFireSprinkler.php > Residential 13-D Installations, Statistics, Components,and Construction
http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/codedevelopment/pdf/califfiresprinklercoalition/OSFMCEC10142013.zip > SPF and CPVC (non-metallic) Pipes and Fittings:
For more information please visit our website http://osfm.fire.ca.gov