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Assembly - Theater, Restaurant, Church, Entertainment Venue

Ambulatory Health Care - Outpatient Services, Urgent Care, Doctor's Offices with Anesthesia

Business - Office Building, City/Town Hall, Doctor's Office without Anesthesia, University

Day Care - Child and Adult Day Care Centers, Nursery

Detention / Correctional - Jail, Prison

Educational - K-12 Schools (Universities fall under "Business")

Healthcare - Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Industrial - Manufacturing, Factory, Refinery

Mercantile - Department Stores, Supermarkets, Malls

Recreational Facility - Gymnasium, Sports Arena, Stadium

Residential - Single- and Multi-Family Dwellings, Hotels, Dormitories

Residential Board and Care - Nursing Homes, Group Homes

Storage - Warehouse, Barns, Parking Garage

Mixed Use - More than one of the above

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Fire Alarm

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Sprinkler - Dry

Fire Sprinkler - Deluge or Pre-Action

Fire Sprinkler - Wet

Fire Suppression System (Gas, Chemical, Foam)

Kitchen Hood System

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NFPA 1: Fire Code

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code

NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code

NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

NFPA 13R: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies

NFPA 13D: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes

International Building Code (IBC)

International Residential Code (IRC)

International Fire Code (IFC)

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Authority Having Jurisdiction

Commercial Building Owner

Contractor (e.g., General, Electrical, HVAC, Drywall)

Fire Protection Contractor

Homeowner or Renter

Property or Facility Manager


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