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CSLB Issues Information about New Fire Code Laws

Changes to Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Regulations Take Effect on April 1, 2007

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is advising all licensees of major changes to the Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Regulations that go into effect next week.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal made the changes to the Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems regulations found in Title 19, Division 1, Chapter 5 California Code Regulations. The most visible change will be the new labels and tags for systems.

The new labels and tags must be white with black letters, five and one-fourth inches (5-1/4") in length, and two and five-eighth inches (2-5/8") in width with a one-fourth inch (1/4") tolerance for each dimension. One sample label and/or tag shall be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal for approval.

Label:

Click to enlarge image of regulation fire system label

Tag:

Click to enlarge image of regulation fire system tag

Other specific Changes are:

Title 19, Division 1 Chapter 5 has been amended to:

  • Incorporate by reference NFPA 25, 2002 edition with California amendments.
  • Require the use of a newly designed Tag for Engineered and Pre-Engineered Fixed Extinguishing Systems.
  • Require the use of a newly designed Label for Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • Require the use of newly designed Forms for the reporting of Inspections, Testing, and Maintenance conducted on systems.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has amended NFPA 25 to correlate many of the requirements and time frames presently found in Title 19 into the NFPA format.

Title 19 Section 906.3 (a) states, "The following forms in the format developed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal shall be used to record the results of all inspections, tests and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems."

  • Inspection, Testing, Maintenance Cover Sheet (AES 1)
  • Sprinklers Systems (AES 2)
  • Standpipe and Hose Systems (AES 3)
  • Private Fire Service Mains (AES 4)
  • Fire Pumps (AES 5)
  • Water Storage Tanks (AES 6)
  • Water Spray Fixed Systems (AES 7)
  • Foam-Water Sprinkler Systems (AES 8)
  • Continuation Sheet (AES 9)

Title 19 Section 904.2 (j) states, "It is the responsibility of the contractor, company, or licensee to provide a written report of the test and maintenance results to the building owner and the local fire authority having jurisdiction at the completion of the testing and maintenance."

In addition, a large number of restaurants may need to utilize the services of C16 contractors to comply with the amendments made to the California Fire Code. All existing dry chemical and wet chemical fire extinguishing systems installed for the protection of commercial cooking operations that produce grease laden vapors shall comply with UL 300, no later than the second required servicing of the system after January 1, 2008.

If you have any questions, please contact James Parsegian at the California State Fire Marshal's Office, at (916)445-8415 or James.Parsegian@fire.ca.gov or visit State Fire Marshal website at: www.osfm.fire.ca.gov

The Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The CSLB licenses and regulates California's 308,000 contractors, and investigates more than 20,000 complaints against contractors annually. In fiscal year 2005-06, the CSLB helped consumers recover more than $36 million in restitution.

 

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