Life Safety Systems

“When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Today is Friday, February 14, 2014 – Valentine’s Day.
56 days until Test Day.
How’s your preparation time coming along?

Even though the weekend is at hand, don’t let up on preparing for the exam. There will be plenty of weekends after you become a Licensed Professional Engineer.

But do yourself a favor.

Take some time this weekend – and in the weeks to come – and decide for yourself what truly makes you happy. What will you be proud of at the end of your life? What will you regret not having done? Make a list of all the things you want to:

  • Be: What kind kind of person – friend, parent, neighbor, engineer – do you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? What legacy do you want to leave?
  • Do: What adventures do you want to have? Do you want to travel? Sky-dive? Scuba-dive? Save the rain forests? Feed the hungry? What would make you “feel alive?”
  • Have: What material things do you want? A bigger house? A sports car? A boat? Abundant resources to help the needy? These things can be “trophies” or “toys.” Or they can be resources to benefit others.

Give yourself this time to decide in advance what you want to accomplish in your life. What does success look like to you? Don’t get to the end of your life only to “discover that you never lived.”

Today’s topic is:

Life Safety Systems

The Uniform Building Code and the Life Safety Code – NFPA 101 – are the two primary resources we will focus on today. But keep in mind that the National Electrical Code, NFPA 13, and other codes and standards contain life safety information.

Life Safety SystemsACTION ITEMS

  1. Get a copy of the International Building Code. Tag or make copies of sections that relate to Life Safety Systems. At a very minimum:
    • Chapter 4 – Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy
    • Chapter 6 – Types of Construction
    • Chapter 7 – Fire and Smoke Protection Features
    • Chapter 9 – Fire Protection Systems
    • Chapter 10 – Means of Egress
  2. Get a copy of NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code. Tag or make copies of sections that address issues like:
    • Generators
    •  Batteries
    •  Exit Lighting
    •  Fire Alarms
  3. Look through NFPA 13 for items directly related to Life Safety Systems

Add a section in your Test-Day Resource Library for Life Safety Systems. Put these items – and others you discover as you prepare – in this section.

Life Safety Systems

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