A debate is growing over how to implement the new rules affecting nursing homes in Florida. In a nutshell, enforcement of rules may force many nursing homes to install emergency generators, which must be designed to provide air-conditioned space for occupants during a 96-hour period after a power outage. Increasing the amount of stored fuel is the least complicated issue, but it still requires careful coordination to ensure a safe and reliable design.
When a generator building consists of many large engines, each circulating several gallons of fuel per minute, any fuel line rupture inside the engine room can lead to a substantial amount of fuel on the floor. This article provides a solution for early-detection of fuel spills inside an engine room.
Keeping up with emergency generators and their ever-changing engine technologies can be quite daunting. Add all of the ancillary systems and code requirements, and a seemingly simple project can quickly take a life of its own. The good news is that you do not have to go at it alone! Here are two simple steps that can help you move quickly from concept to construction drawings.
The 2016 Edition of NFPA-20, the Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection adds new requirements to ensure that good quality fuel is available to diesel engine-driven fire pumps. It may be a while before your State adopts the latest Edition of the Standard, but if you design or specify diesel engine-driven fire pump systems, it may be worthwhile to familiarize yourself with these updates.