NFPA 31: Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment
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What is NFPA 31?
NFPA 31: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. 1.1.1 This standard shall apply to the installation of stationary oil-burning equipment and appliances, including but not limited to industrial-, commercial-, and residential-type steam, hot water, or warm air heating plants; domestic-type range burners and space heaters; and portable oil-burning equipment. 1.1.2 This standard shall also apply to all accessory equipment and control systems, whether electric, thermostatic, or mechanical, and all electrical wiring connected to oil-fired equipment. 1.1.3 This standard shall also apply to the installation of oil storage and supply systems connected to oil-fired equipment and appliances. 1.1.4 This standard shall also apply to those multi-fueled appliances in which fuel oil is one of the optional fuels. 1.1.5* This standard shall not apply to internal combustion engines, oil lamps, or portable devices not specifically covered in this standard. (See Chapter 11 for portable devices that are covered in this standard.)
NFPA 31 is a standard for the safe, efficient design and installation of heating appliances that use a liquid fuel, typically No. 2 heating oil, but also lighter fuels, such as kerosene and diesel fuel, and heavier fuels, such as No. 4 fuel oil. NFPA 31 applies to the installation of these systems in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. Official document scope
What does NFPA 31 address?
The provisions of NFPA 31 apply to stationary oil-burning equipment and appliances, including steam, hot water, and warm air heating system; domestic-type range burners and space heaters; and portable oil-burning equipment. Related fuel oil storage and supply, accessory equipment, and control systems are also covered.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 31, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
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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.
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Report on Comments (ROC)
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Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
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