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Horizontal Exit

Learn about horizontal exits as a means of egress in buildings. Understand their purpose, exceptions, and design considerations. Find out how horizontal exits contribute to fire safety and occupant evacuation.

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Egress Door Locking

Explore egress door locking requirements for different occupancy types according to NFPA 101. Learn about the codes and regulations for secure building exits. Quick reference guide.

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Standpipes (Wet & Dry Riser) System

Learn about Standpipe Systems and their importance in buildings. Understand the difference between Dry Riser and Wet Riser systems, as well as the requirements and regulations for fire hose stations and fire pumps. Find all the information you need for building safety and compliance.

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Delayed-Egress Locking System

Learn about delayed egress locking requirements for various occupancy types in compliance with NFPA 101: Find out where delayed-egress locks are permitted and the specific conditions for their use. Understand the essential guidelines for installation, including necessary signaling and emergency lighting. Quick reference guide based on NFPA-101 2012 edition.

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Preparation of Fire Safety Drawings

As I am normally the one who is tasked to prepare ‘Fire Safety’ drawings for our company, I made here a guide or procedure on how we are usually preparing Fire Safety drawing for submission to QCDD. Note that this is just a simplified guide on the QCDD basic requirements (based on my experience) and was intended to help anyone who is also involved in fire safety planning specially here in Qatar.

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Number of Means of Exit

Discover the required number of means of exit for different occupancy types in accordance with NFPA 101. Explore the code references and guidelines for ensuring proper building safety and compliance.

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Occupancy Separation Requirements

Explore occupancy separation requirements in building construction, including fire resistance regulations for various occupancies. Learn about storage area exemptions, commercial kitchen guidelines, and references to NFPA 101 for comprehensive information. Stay informed about essential building code standards.

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Interior Wall and Ceiling Finish

Explore the requirements and classifications of interior wall and ceiling finishes based on NFPA 101, 2012 edition. This table outlines occupancy types, code references, and applicable flame spread ratings. Understand the distinctions between Class A, B, and C finishes. Learn how these regulations help control fire spread within buildings. Please note that these quick references are not exhaustive; always refer to NFPA or local codes for comprehensive information.

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Interior Floor Finish

Explore requirements for interior floor finishes based on occupancy types and NFPA 101 codes. Learn about flame-spread classification, exit enclosure standards, and quick references for building codes.

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Exit Stair – Fire Rating (> 3 stories)

This HTML page provides information about the fire protection requirements for exit stairs in buildings with more than 3 stories. It covers fire resistance ratings for various components such as walls, fire door assemblies, door vision panels, and fire window assemblies, based on NFPA 101 standards. The page also includes references to relevant codes and standards for complete information on opening protectives. Please note that this content serves as a quick reference and should be supplemented by consulting NFPA or local codes for comprehensive details.

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Exit Stair – Fire Rating (≤ 3 stories)

This HTML code outlines specifications for exit stair wall ratings in buildings with three stories or less. It covers fire resistance requirements for various components including walls, partitions, fire door assemblies, door vision panels, and fire window assemblies. The provided information is based on NFPA 101 guidelines and is intended for quick reference. For detailed and complete information, always refer to NFPA or local building codes.

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Exit Signs

Provides information about exit signs, including their requirements and specifications. It covers topics such as the need for exit signs in different occupancy types, maximum viewing distance, luminance requirements, location placement, and electrically illuminated signs.

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Emergency Lighting

Learn about emergency lighting requirements for different occupancy types. Find code references and understand the importance of emergency lighting in ensuring safety during emergencies.

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Corridor Walls

Explore the fire rating requirements for corridor walls based on different occupancy types and building codes. This comprehensive reference table outlines the necessary fire resistance for corridor walls in various scenarios, from ambulatory to healthcare facilities. Understand the occupancy-specific regulations and code references for effective fire safety planning. Please note that this information is meant for quick reference only; always refer to NFPA standards or local building codes for complete and accurate details.

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Corridor Doors

This HTML document provides comprehensive information about corridor door fire rating requirements based on different occupancy types and building codes. It covers topics such as the required fire ratings for doors, swing direction based on occupant load, and exceptions for various types of occupancies. The content also emphasizes the importance of adhering to NFPA 101 guidelines and local codes for accurate information. Additionally, there are notes and references for further understanding fire-rated labels and smoke door requirements.

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Sprinkler System

Discover the requirements for sprinkler systems in different occupancy types with this comprehensive table. Find out when and where sprinklers are mandatory, along with NFPA-101 references. Quick and handy reference for fire safety and building codes.

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Fire Alarm System

Learn about fire alarm system requirements for different occupancy types according to NFPA codes. Find out when fire alarm systems are required and their specifications.

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