NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities
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What is NFPA 76?
NFPA 76: Document Scope
1.1* Scope. This standard provides requirements for fire protection of telecommunications facilities where telecommunications services such as telephone (landline, wireless) transmission, data transmission, internet transmission, voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) transmission, and video transmission are rendered to the public. A.1.1 It is not intended that this standard apply to private telecommunications facilities. Private telecommunications facilities include rooms specifically used for a business to deliver telecommunications to its employees, containing telecommunication for employees of a company. However, private telecommunications facilities do not include facilities that are owned by non-utility business that provide telecommunications services to the public, including, but not limited to, large medical facilities, universities, large corporate telecommunications networks, military bases, and private prisons. Telecommunications facilities are referred to as telephone exchanges in NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 classifies telephone exchanges as special-purpose industrial occupancies, and the 2012 edition of NFPA 5000 classifies telephone exchanges as industrial occupancies. 1.1.1 Telecommunications facilities include signal processing equipment areas, cable entrance facility areas, power areas, main distribution frame areas, standby engine areas, technical support areas, administrative areas, and building services and support areas occupied by a telecommunications service provider. 1.1.2* This standard shall specifically exclude small outdoor structures that are normally unoccupied and that house telecommunications equipment, including on-grade, walk-in cabinets, on-grade huts, cell huts, and controlled environmental vaults (CEVs). A.1.1.2 Outdoor structures that include abovegrade huts and cabinets and belowgrade vaults are not intended to be covered by this standard.

This standard provides requirements for fire protection of telecommunications facilities providing telephone, data, internet transmission, wireless, and video services to the public as well as life safety for the occupants plus protection of equipment and service continuity.

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What does NFPA 76 address?

Telecommunications facilities include signal processing equipment areas, cable entrance facility areas, power areas and battery spaces, main distribution frame areas, standby engine areas, technical support areas, administrative areas, and building services and support areas occupied by a telecommunications service provider. Provisions cover performance-. prescriptive-, and redundant or replacement-based approaches; fire protection; fire prevention; pre-fire planning, damage control, and emergency recovery.

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