7.3 Fire Safety During Construction and Renovations
General. Fire safety during construction and renovations shall comply with the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC), and NFPA 241.
Fire Protection Systems. Disruptions to fire alarm and sprinkler systems shall be kept to a minimum or avoided. Delineate phasing of construction to ensure that installations of new systems are expedited, and existing systems are kept in service until the replacement system is operational. If fire protection systems are to be disrupted, procedures shall be incorporated into the design to maintain equivalent levels of fire protection and provide formal notification to the facility while systems are down. The regional fire protection engineer shall make the final determination of the adequacy of proposed equivalent levels of fire protection prior to the disruption of any fire protection system. For example, the provision of a 24 hour fire watch by qualified individuals may provide an equivalent level of fire protection during system disruption in some circumstances.