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Fire Code/UFC Regs?

  • From: Michael Loftis
  • Date: Fri Mar 11 13:49:12 2005

OK this is only probably marginally operational. Yesterday we were inspected (quite thoroughly I might add.....) by the city fire inspector for Missoula, MT....Now we did have a couple of things I know need fixing, an emergency light with a dead battery upstairs, I'm using a long orange extension cord w/o a breaker on it for my monitor at my desk. And one incidence where we had some piggy-backing going on.

Now what I'm asking is this: we were told that you can NOT plug in breaker protected six outlet strips into battery backup units such as APCs, and we were (or are) being written up for that. My understanding is that most/all (atleast APC units) are properly de-rated (per UFC) and you *can* plug in additional breaker protected extension cords into these units.

The problem is if this is not the case we'll be having to put a LOT more BBUs out into our office for workstations than what we planned. I've also never seen this cited as a problem but I could just be ignorant too.

Please reply off-list. Sorry if anyone feels like this is a waste of time, but if there is interest I will summarize on list.

If this really is true then I can see a lot of places breaking this fire code even here locally. I'm not sure what part of the code it is but he's stated that if I can get him some form of documentation from teh manufacturer or something then he can make a deviation. With a 2200VA unit only having 4-6 outlets on it I can't see *not* using additional power strip off the back of it.

Thanks guys, back to the regular NANOG channel...

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