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About NFPA20, UL/FM
 Dec 08, 2021|View:322

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the American Fire Protection Association, which is a practicing institute that sets and publishes the standards of subjects that affect the fire and safety that must be implemented in the United States. It is the most sourced, respected and applied standard in the world, including our country, when compared to similar standards establishments of other countries.

NFPA is the most widely used standard in the world, with the heaviest conditions especially in pump systems. Most of the technological systems in the world are designed according to NFPA standards, especially automatic fire extinguishers such as automatic sprinklers , indoor fire cabinets and outdoor hydrant systems. As a general rule for the integrity, if a system is designed according to the standard, the performance characteristics of the products to be used in that system must conform to the same standard. In the reverse case, it is inevitable that there is a discrepancy between the design and the product.

What is NFPA 20?

NFPA 20 (Standard for the Installation of centrifugal Fire Pumps) is the NFPA standard for fire pumps; fire pumps and pump groups, engine control systems and the necessary side elements to be used.

What is UL / FM?

What is UL?

Underwriters Laboratories is an independent certification body that sets standards for product reliability and tests the reliability of products under these standards. UL 19000 certifies more than one product. More than 20 million UL-marked products of 7200 manufacturers are used annually in the world. With 64 test laboratories in the UL98 countries, they provide testing and certification services to customers. UL has a number of inland standards such as building materials, lighting, fire systems.

UL has been working on testing and reliability of products for over 100 years. UL testing and certification services offer advantages for manufacturers and users of fire prevention systems.There is a UL product guide on the site. This guide lists the companies authorized to use UL and contains important information for document regulators, building owners and insurance companies.

What is FM?

FM (Factory Mutual) is an independent technical entity that certifies performance of materials and systems by FMI (Factory Mutual Insurance), which insures private and major risks.

FM approval for fire pumps is given taking into consideration NFPA 20 requirements. However, as there are some requirements beyond NFPA20, FM approval is known as the highest grade product quality approval, which is the most difficult condition between fire pumps and environmental approvals.

Edited based on source from MAS Pump.