Fire Extinguisher Question: Required Vs. Not
So here's the situation, we have a new 3 story dormitory that is fully sprinklered. NFPA 101 says that if the building is fully sprinklered, fire extinguishers would only be required in specific hazard areas:
NFPA 101 Chapter 188.8.131.52 (New Hotels and Dormitories)
In buildings other than those protected throughout with an approved,
supervised automatic sprinkler system in accordance with 184.108.40.206, portable
fire extinguishers shall be provided as specified in 220.127.116.11 in hazardous
areas addressed by 18.104.22.168.
However, NFPA 10 seems to contradict what NFPA 101 says:
NFPA 10 5.4.2* Selection by Occupancy. Fire extinguishers shall be provided
for the protection of both the building structure and the occupancy hazards
contained therein regardless of the presence of any fixed fire suppression
The excuse that the agency is offering is that the center section is a different occupancy class than the wing sections, which is R-2 residential. (offices and classrooms) The areas are separated by magnetic release fire doors in the event of an alarm. However, there are NO fire extinguishers in R-2 wings on any floor.
Currently, there are no fire extinguishers installed in (1) the main mechanical room (2) any of the electrical rooms (3) and any other mechanical rooms. There are also no fire extinguishers installed in any of the self-serve laundry areas.
The only fire extinguishers installed are 2 on the 1st floor, and 1 on each of the other floors in the center area of each floor. Travel distances from the center mounted fire extinguishers well exceed the 75' limit to an exit door at each end. Each wing is approximately 150 feet long from the center enclosed stairwell, to an exit door at each end.
My question is: Which code has more bearing, the NFPA 10 requiring extinguishers, or the NFPA 101 Chapter 28 which says they wouldn't be?