July 30, 2004 -- Complying with the important requirement for a written Fire Safety Analysis (FSA) for all LP-gas storage installations of more than 4,000 gallons water capacity (wc) can now be accomplished easily. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) announce the completion of a new Fire Safety Analysis Manual, available as a free download from the Web sites of the three sponsoring organizations.
The Manual provides both forms and a step-by-step method for completing a written FSA as required in the 2001 edition of NFPA 58, LP-Gas Code.
In addition to providing a valuable tool for system installers, consultants, and enforcement officials, the FSA Manual serves as a valuable reference for enforcement officials, especially those who may be unfamiliar with LP-gas facilities and the improvements made to product control features.
The Manual was authored by Theodore Lemoff, principal gases engineer at NFPA and Phani K. Raj, Ph.D., president of Technology & Management Systems, Inc. and a member of the NFPA's Technical Committee on Liquefied Petroleum Gases. An advisory group comprised of more than 15 industry members, including large and small propane marketers, fire service and fire protection engineer representatives and others, provided input to the Manual.
The Manual can also be downloaded from the NPGA and PERC Web sites. Contact information and frequently-asked-questions can also be found on the Web sites.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
The mission of the NPGA is to promote the safe and increased use of propane; to work for a favorable environment for propane production, distribution and marketing; and to serve as the principal voice of the propane industry.
The purpose of PERC is to promote the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source.