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NFPA® 2001

Standard on
Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems
2008 Edition

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This edition of NFPA 2001, Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, was
prepared by the Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems and acted on by
NFPA at its June Association Technical Meeting held June 3–7, 2007, in Boston, MA. It was
issued by the Standards Council on July 26, 2007, with an effective date of August 15, 2007,
and supersedes all previous editions.
This edition of NFPA 2001 was approved as an American National Standard on August 15,
2007.

Origin and Development of NFPA 2001


The Technical Committee on Halon Alternative Protection Options was organized in 1991 and
immediately started work to address the new total flooding clean agents that were being
developed to replace Halon 1301. A need existed for an explanation of how to design, install,
maintain, and operate systems using these new clean agents, and NFPA 2001 was established
to address this need. The 1994 edition was the first edition of NFPA 2001. This standard was
revised in 1996, 2000, and 2004.
In January 2005, the technical committees responsible for NFPA 12, NFPA 12A, and NFPA
2001 were combined into the Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems to
better address and resolve issues among those documents. This action is intended to facilitate
correlation and consistency as requested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The 2008 edition has added requirements for local application systems.

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protected surface.
6.5.4* Nozzles shall be located so as to be free of possible obstructions that could interfere
with the proper projection of the discharged agent.

6.6* Operation.
The system shall be designed for automatic operation except where the authority having
jurisdiction permits manual operation.

Chapter 7 Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, and Training

7.1 Inspection and Tests.


7.1.1 At least annually, all systems shall be thoroughly inspected and tested for proper
operation by personnel qualified in the installation and testing of clean agent extinguishing
systems. Discharge tests shall not be required.
7.1.2 The inspection report with recommendations shall be filed with the owner of the system.
7.1.3 At least semiannually, the agent quantity and pressure of refillable containers shall be
checked.
7.1.3.1 For halocarbon clean agents, if a container shows a loss in agent quantity of more than
5 percent or a loss in pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 10 percent, it shall be
refilled or replaced.
7.1.3.2 For inert gas clean agents that are not liquefied, pressure is an indication of agent
quantity. If an inert gas clean agent container shows a loss in pressure (adjusted for
temperature) of more than 5 percent, it shall be refilled or replaced. Where container pressure
gauges are used for this purpose, they shall be compared to a separate calibrated device at least
annually.
7.1.3.3 Where the amount of agent in the container is determined by special measuring
devices, these devices shall be listed.
7.1.4* All halocarbon clean agent removed from refillable containers during service or
maintenance procedures shall be collected and recycled or disposed of in an environmentally
sound manner and in accordance with existing laws and regulations.
7.1.5 Factory-charged, nonrefillable containers that do not have a means of pressure indication
shall have the agent quantity checked at least semiannually. If a container shows a loss in agent
quantity of more than 5 percent, it shall be replaced. All factory-charged, nonrefillable
containers removed from useful service shall be returned for recycling of the agent or disposed
of in an environmentally sound manner and in accordance with existing laws and regulations.
7.1.6 For halocarbon clean agents, the date of inspection, gross weight of cylinder plus agent

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