Speaker: Jeff Ramey
11:30AM: Chapter Business
11:45PM: Key Note Presentation
1:00PM: Conclusion of Meeting
Event Flyer: March 2021 Meeting.pdf
A 2009 residential fire incident in a CA residence should have been a success story but it was not. The antifreeze in the fire sprinkler system atomized through the activated sprinkler head which exploded and resulted in a fatality. Ever since, an immediate and intense focus on antifreeze took place. Research, safety alerts, TIAs, and code changes ensued, continuing to today. In this presentation we will show the background behind changes in NFPA standards, define the current and future NFPA requirements for antifreeze systems, and review critical dates. Also, we will outline the testing requirements and safety factors for manufacturers to obtain a listing for an antifreeze solution for fire sprinkler systems. Until recently there were no listed antifreeze products. Today, there are only two. While Southern California enjoys nonfreezing temperatures, we still experience antifreeze systems for protection of refrigerated or freezer warehouses.
Jeff has over 30 years' experience in the plumbing and fire sprinkler industries, having worked closely with engineers, designers, distributors, contractors, and code officials to provide technical training and support on various water, gas, and fire sprinkler associations and has presented at numerous technical sessions both at local and national levels. In addition, Jeff has written contributing articles published in plumbing and HVAC trade publications. He has worked for the past 7 years as a Piping Systems Consultant for the Lubrizol Corporation.