NFPA 17A: Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems
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What is NFPA 17A?
NFPA 17A: Document Scope
1.1* Scope. The provisions of this standard apply to the design, installation, operation, testing, and maintenance of pre-engineered wet chemical fire extinguishing systems that discharge wet chemical from fixed nozzles and piping by means of expellant gas. It contains only the essential requirements and recommendations needed to make the standard workable in the hands of those skilled in this field.

This standard includes the minimum requirements to ensure that pre-engineered wet chemical fire extinguishing systems will function as intended throughout their life to protect life and property from fire. It is intended for the use and guidance of those who purchase, design, install, test, inspect, approve, list, operate, or maintain such equipment.

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What does NFPA 17A address?

Provisions apply to pre-engineered wet chemical fire extinguishing systems that discharge wet chemical from fixed nozzles and piping by means of expellant gas. Requirements are specified for restaurant, commercial, and institutional hoods, plenums, ducts, and associated cooking appliances. Coverage includes components, system requirements, plans and acceptance tests, inspection, maintenance, and recharging.

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NFPA 17A, 2013 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible Technical Committee or Panel holds a meeting to consider and act on all submitted proposals. The committee or panel may also develop its own proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals (ROP) is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated proposals. The ROP for the document in question is submitted for the approval of the responsible TC or Panel by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval via written ballot in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step. The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy.
ROP Meeting Notice
ROP Meeting Notice
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ROP Meeting Agenda
ROP Meeting Minutes
ROP Ballot
ROP Ballot
The ballots posted on this page are for public information only. Voting on ballots is permitted by committee members only. See NFPA Regulations Governing Committee Projects, Section 3.3.4.
Ballot (PDF, 640 KB)
Ballot Form (PDF, 342 KB)
Ballot Circulation (PDF, 47 KB)
Ballot Final (PDF, 73 KB)
Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which time anyone may submit a public comment on the proposed changes documented in the ROP. The committee or panel reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all public comments. This committee or panel may also develop its own comments. As before, approval obtained via written ballot in accordance with NFPA's Regulations is required on all committee and panel actions. All of this information is compiled into a second Report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which like the ROP, is published and made available for public review for a seven-week period.
ROC Meeting Notice
ROC Meeting Notice
Note: Please contact the appropriate staff liaison (listed on the Technical Committee tab) for information on attending an NFPA Technical Committee meeting as a guest. Read NFPA"s Regulations Governing Committee Projects (Section 3.3.3.3) for further information.
ROC Meeting Agenda
ROC Meeting Minutes
ROC Ballot
ROC Ballot
The ballots posted on this page are for public information only. Voting on ballots is permitted by committee members only. See NFPA Regulations Governing Committee Projects, Section 3.3.4.
Ballot (PDF, 273 KB)
Ballot Form (PDF, 84 KB)
Ballot Circulation (PDF, 177 KB)
Ballot Final (PDF, 76 KB)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Proposed NFPA documents will be presented for action at the applicable Annual (June) Association Technical Meeting only when proper Amending Motions (Notice of Intent to Make a Motion - NITMAM) have been certified by the Motions Committee of the Standards Council as a proper amending motion. Documents that receive no motions will not be presented at the meeting and instead will be forwarded directly to the NFPA Standards Council for action on issuance. More about the codes and standards making process including NITMAM.
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Association Technical Meeting
Consent document not presented at Association Technical Meeting. Document issuance by Standards Council: 11/27/2012
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