Disasters such as fire, flood, storm, lightning or even sabotage can happen anywhere at any time and with no warning. Fortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) prescribes codes for fire safety and protection. It is compulsory to adhere to these codes, and failing to do so could attract government penalties. In the context of data centers, some of the codes applicable are:
NFPA 70E: Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
NFPA 72: Automatic fire detection and signaling system.
NFPA 75: Protection of IT equipment (servers, storage, cables, cooling equipment, power) and its adjoining areas.