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Re: Fire Code/UFC Regs?

  • From: Daniel Senie
  • Date: Sun Mar 13 10:22:36 2005

At 09:08 AM 3/13/2005, Josh Vince wrote:

Here's what APC has to say about it:**&p_li=

Sorry about the wrap...

Basically, they say not to plug surge strips into the output of a UPS.
You should use PDU's instead.
Or, more basically: Buy APC's power strips, because we think we engineered them correctly, and think nobody else possibly could design a decent power strip.

Here's a URL showing some of their rack mounted PDU products

While I like APC products, I have to wonder whether this "requirement" for using only "PDU" products was written by their lawyers to cover liability concerns when someone uses a low-quality power strip, and/or their marketing folks to push their own power strips.


On Fri, 11 Mar 2005 11:46:50 -0700, Michael Loftis <> wrote:
> 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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