Q: We are in the process of designing a new building for our ASC. I have been asked to mark the building plans with where I want the red outlets to be. What are the requirements for placement and number of red emergency power outlets?
A: If you are not an architect or an engineer, then I suggest you do not mark the drawings indicating where the red (emergency power) outlets should be. The location of red outlets is defined in NFPA 99 and the requirements to identify their location is the responsibility of the design professional in charge of the new facility. NFPA 99 is very specific as to where the red outlets should be, and how many. The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 has increasingly more requirements for the location of red outlets compared to previous editions, so it would be best that the professional who is in charge of the design be responsible to provide the locations of the red outlets.
I suggest you return this request back to the design professional without any locations identified by you, and inform the design professional that he/she is the person who is responsible to ensure the design of the new facility meets all of the requirements of the applicable codes and standards, which includes the locations of the red outlets.
Now, if the design professional is asking you to identify the location of red outlets in addition to those that are required by NFPA 99, then that is a different issue. But, that’s not what your question implied.