Backflow Prevention and Fire Sprinkler Systems

The NFPA installation standards (NFPA 13, NFPA 13R and NFPA 13D) do not require the installation of backflow prevention devices; however, there are times when these devices are required by building codes, plumbing codes, and health codes. The most common reason backflow devices may be required is based upon the cross-connection guidelines of the water purveyors. A particular point of contention between the fire protection industry and the water supply industry revolves around residential sprinkler systems.  These devices create an added expense and also cause pressure loss that must be accounted for in the hydraulic calculations. Although these devices do not serve a specific fire protection purpose, they do serve a purpose.  This seminar will include discussion on the variables of a fire protection system that may necessitate the inclusion of a backflow prevention device, along with the types of backflow devices and their installation.


Approved for Contractor I, II, V and Waterbased Inspectors.


Each online class has a short quiz at the end of the video. Participants must pass the quiz prior to receiving their CEUs and certificate. Participants have FOUR opportunities to pass the quiz. If the quiz is not passed by the fourth attempt, the participant will be required to purchase the class again and pass the quiz to receive the CEUs and certificate.


Type: Archived
Running time: 90 min
CEUs: 1.5


Member: $50
Nonmember: $100
AHJ: $30

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Note: To obtain CEUs for online courses, you will be required to pass a brief quiz at the conclusion of the class.