Assuming there’s play equipment there (fire load) and knowing that there are 
kids occupying the space, I wouldn’t call this an “exterior projection”.   It’s 
a shad structure with occupancy below and IMO requires sprinkler protection.


From: Sprinklerforum [] On 
Behalf Of John Irwin
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 10:42 AM
Subject: Exterior Play Area

Protecting a light hazard Boys and Girls Club. I excluded an exterior, but 
covered, attached and open play area. Non-combustible. It’s a couple thousand 
square feet. I excluded using NFPA 13 2013 8.15.7

Client is telling me that he her other fire sprinkler guys telling him he needs 
sprinklers in that areas.

What say you?


John Irwin
Fire Sprinkler Specialist
DynaFire, Inc. – “Same Day – Next Day”
727-282-9243 – Cell

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on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption on our work. He is 
the purpose of it. He is not an outsider on our business. He is a part of it. 
We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving 
us an opportunity to do so.”

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