Mar 06 2017

Clearance Around Equipment

Category: Clearance,Equipment,Questions and AnswersBKeyes @ 12:00 am

Q: What does the NFPA codes and standards require for clearances around electrical panels, fire alarm pull stations, and med gas panels?

A: The National Electrical Code (NFPA 70, 2011) section 110.26 requires 36 inches clearance around electrical equipment and controls. NFPA does not have a set distance that fire alarm pull stations and med gas stations (shutoff valves) must be maintained, but most authorities ‘borrow’ the 36 inch rule from NFPA 70 and apply it to the fire alarm pull stations and med gas shutoff valves.

It makes sense.