NFPA makes antifreeze topical this summer

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05/26/2011

It’s spring here in the Northeast and our thoughts are turning to summer (well, they would be if it would stop raining and the sun would come out). But despite the warming weather, antifreeze remains a hot topic when it comes to fire sprinkler systems.

This summer, to give you the latest on code changes impacting the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems, the National Fire Protection Association is offering a free web updates on that subject.

The NFPA, based in Quincy, Mass, this month announced the updates on the changes to NFPA sprinkler-related codes. The changes are the result of  “Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) regarding the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems,” according to a press release.

Matthew Klaus, a senior fire protection engineer who will host the web updates, said in a statement: “Based on recent full scale testing of various antifreeze concentrations in sprinkler systems, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, and NFPA 25 have modified the requirements for antifreeze usage through recently approved TIAs. The purpose of these broadcasts is to provide a brief history on the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems along with an explanation of the new requirements and a discussion of alternatives to antifreeze.”

There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions following the presentation.

The updates will be broadcast on June 28, July 7, and July 19. For more information and to register, visit www.nfpa.org/antifreeze.