Elevator Safety and Licensing Technical Memoranda

TDLR QEI BULLETIN 10-02-07 Type of Sprinkler Systems

October 4, 2007

Good Morning Everyone. I had an intriguing question from a fire marshal yesterday that I thought I'd share with you. Please review the question and answer and let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way.

Y'all be Safe Out There,
Lawrence Taylor-TDLR

QUESTION:
Lawrence, I had a sprinkler contractor contact our office today regarding an elevator inspection report. According to the contractor, the elevator inspector stated that a sprinkler head is not allowed in an elevator mechanical room unless it is on a pre-action system. Has there been a new law passed requiring this? We enforce NFPA 13 standards that require sprinkler protection (wet or dry) in elevator mechanical rooms. Any assistance would be appreciated.

In the Interest of Fire Safety,
Fire Systems Engineer
Fire Marshal's Office

ANSWER:
Good afternoon. I'll do my best to help you. There is no such requirement of which I am aware. A pre-action system is certainly permitted, but not required. Certainly not by the elevator code. Either the contractor or inspector, or both are misinformed. The authority to determine when and where sprinklers are required and the type of sprinkler system(s) permitted lies with the local fire authority.

Lawrence Taylor-TDLR