Fire Extinguishers and Cabinets
Use this SimpleSpecs™ this section to specify fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher cabinets, and brackets.
Fire hose cabinets are typically specified in Division 21 – Fire Suppression.
Fire extinguishers must be selected based on occupancy and use along with the types of fires that could be encountered. The building code will typically dictate these requirements.
Recessed and semi-recessed cabinets in fire-rated partitions must be rated for this use.
Halogen-type extinguishers are available but are considered hazardous to building occupants.
Extinguishers are rated for use on fires as follows:
– Class A: Fires started with normal combustibles such as wood, paper, and cloth.
– Class B: Fires started with flammable and combustible liquids and gases such as gasoline and paints.
– Class C: Fires started with energized electrical equipment such as short circuits in power transmission cables.
– Class D: Fires started by flammable metals such as sodium, potassium, and lithium.
– Class K: Kitchen fires.
The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.