Aerospace and Fire Protection: The Ultimate Guide to Aerospace Fire Sprinklers

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Aerospace facilities are their own animal.

They don't have a special code from NFPA.  They are 100% unique.  That is why NASA designs their own codes for protecting their facilities from fire.  They are thorough and use a blend of NFPA guidelines, governmental standards, and other fire protection codes to create something that works for this one of a kind environment.

Not many fire protection providers have the experience to take on an aerospace facility.  When making a decision on a fire protection contractor, choose one that has the experience that matches your unique needs.

F.E. Moran Special Hazard System's experience with protecting a launch complex, an aerospace storage facility, and a space center have given them in-depth knowledge of this market. 


What do you need to know about fire safety in building construction?

NASA buildings are required to to use applicable portions of NFPA 101 and local and state building codes.  Emergency egress and fire doors equipped with an automatic closure mechanism need to be usable.  

For rooms that have a greater hazard for fire, a fire partition and/or suppression system should be added to protect that area's particular hazard.

Open area office space should have two easily identifiable exits.

Employees with disabilities need a means to reach an area of safety with evacuation procedures in place, including an assigned person to notify the person with disabilities of the emergency situation.

What are the requirements for aerospace fire protection?

Fire sprinklers are required in all NASA buildings.  If a renovation takes place in 50% or more of the building (or 2,500 square feet), the fire sprinklers need to be evaluated to ensure that the fire protection is still accurate for the current hazards.

However, the ultimate decision is up to the AHJ.  For smaller buildings or housing that does not have hazardous materials, the AHJ can opt out of fire sprinklers.

NASA buildings generally use NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, 25, and 29 CFR 1910.159 for their design, installation, and maintenance requirements for fire sprinklers and fire protection.

What are the requirements for fire safety education?

All occupants in a NASA building must have access to fire safety education programs.  When an employee begins their employment with NASA, at a minimum, that employee should have an intro to emergency systems training within 30 days.  The training should include how to activate emergency service systems, how fixed systems operate, the evacuation plan of the facility, emergency signals, hazard recognition and reporting, and how to use portable fire suppression equipment.

It is required that all NASA buildings have a comprehensive fire safety training and awareness program.  This is something that most businesses, government buildings, and organizations could benefit from.  How many companies provide extensive emergency preparedness training for new employees?

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