More by Shane Clary
Shane Clary · December 01, 2013 ·
Some unwanted alarms are a necessary evil in the overwhelmingly greater good of saving lives and property. However, the movement to impose verification practices continues to be one of the industry’s most volatile areas. See where you stand with the latest developments.
Shane Clary · October 31, 2013 ·
Most people take power for granted without realizing how many daily activities rely on it — until failure occurs. Nowhere is this truer than for fire/life-safety systems. A recent experience serves as a launch point to keeping systems up regardless of power challenges.
Shane Clary · September 30, 2013 ·
Just as in real estate it’s all about location, the same can be said for heat detectors. Knowing the rules, best practices and insider tips to properly space these devices helps ensure they deliver system alerts as intended.
Shane Clary · September 03, 2013 ·
Though early fire detection is usually associated with smoke detectors, there are applications where a heat detector further enhances the preservation of property and life safety. Learn about the different types of heat detectors, and pick up some system design and installation pointers.
Shane Clary · June 02, 2013 ·
Conscientious fire systems professionals realize they not only need to keep abreast of current codes and standards but also keep their ear to the ground to be prepared when requirements change. Cut through the din of hundreds of recent proposed ICC fire code changes with this overview of those that matter…
Shane Clary · April 30, 2013 ·
Accurate recordkeeping is essential to be successful in any business enterprise, but for fire systems contractors it could be a matter of life or death. Brush up on the requirements and catch up on new additions to NFPA 72’s Documentation specifications.
Shane Clary · April 02, 2013 ·
Sharing knowledge, wisdom and experiences is the path to continuing to move fire and life safety forward. This goes for innovating products, saving lives and reducing injuries and property loss, as well as running more successful businesses. That’s why conferences like NFPA’s recent Suppression,…
Shane Clary · March 06, 2013 ·
SSI’s latest research shows 10% of fire/life-safety systems contractors are involved in the installation, inspection or testing of consumer electronic (CE) devices. For those providers willing to gain the expertise, sprinkling offers a solid growth opportunity.
Shane Clary · January 01, 2013 ·
Although NFPA codes may be foremost in most fire technicians’ minds and practices when it comes to how they install and service safety systems, there are other important documents that come into play. At the top of that list are the codes emanating from the International Code Council (ICC).
Shane Clary · December 02, 2012 ·
Saying something is very European usually means it is provocative. Similarly, it is across the Atlantic where the adoption of new fire/life-safety technology is often swifter and more progressive than domestically. A recent venture abroad offers a glimpse into our industry’s larger scope.
Shane Clary · November 01, 2012 ·
Fire/Life-Safety standards endure much analysis and scrutiny by a number of committees and interested parties en route to ratification. As these decisions affect installing professionals, it is wise to be familiar with the process and participate where and when appropriate.
Shane Clary · September 30, 2012 ·
While NFPA 72 is the most widely referenced document for installing fi re system contractors, the codes and standards it contains are a distillation from a host of other influential organizations and governing bodies. Being a true professional means understanding not just what these directives are but…
Shane Clary · September 03, 2012 ·
New requirements for total coverage, remote alarm indication, audible and visible notification, mass notification systems, and evacuation messages are among the many changes in store for the latest version of NFPA 72. Get a jump on what you’ll need to know to satisfy AHJs with an overview of the…
Shane Clary · July 31, 2012 ·
The NFPA 72 standard, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, has long been the most highly referenced and respected guide for building managers, AHJs and fire systems contractors alike. The recently adopted 2013 edition contains several important changes to support the mission of protecting lives and…
Shane Clary · July 01, 2012 ·
As in other professions entailing a high level of skill, toiling in fire/life safety demands practitioners adhere to a well-defined and stringent set of regulations, codes and guidelines. Whether you plan to design, install or service systems, find out what is expected.
Shane Clary · June 12, 2012 ·
The heightened attention given to CO detection in recent years is reflected in updates to the International Residential Code and NFPA 720. Learn what these changes are, their importance, and when and where not to apply them.
Shane Clary · October 13, 2011 ·
Commissioning is a process of documentation, adjustment, testing, verification and training, performed to ensure the facility operates in accordance with the owner’s documented project requirements and construction documents. As a fire systems integrator, knowing commissioning fundamentals helps…
Shane Clary · September 20, 2011 ·
The benefits of video technology are being extended from surveillance and intrusion detection to assisting in fire detection and verification. Find out what considerations, practices and codes figure prominently for successful deployment.
Shane Clary · August 10, 2011 ·
Determining fire alarm priorities when elevator emergency phones are involved illustrates the need to sometimes fill in the blanks when situations fall outside the realm of existing codes. Having a third phone line or simply leaving it up to an AHJ are two potential solutions.
Shane Clary · May 15, 2011 ·
Backed with the mandates set forth by codes and bolstered with new technologies, the fire/life-safety market offers robust sales opportunities. Success is predicated on deriving necessary state and local credentials, and knowing the local building authority’s requirements and procedures ...
Shane Clary · March 20, 2011 ·
Proper fire detection is essential not only for life safety but also to avoid false alarms or system malfunctions that could cost the business a bundle. In particular, this holds true for financial institutions ...
Shane Clary · February 13, 2011 ·
Though not as quick to migrate to IT network signal transmission as other systems installed by security contractors, fire/life safety is nevertheless following suit. Find out the latest technology and code developments in this emerging area.
Shane Clary · January 11, 2011 ·
Maintaining power is one of the foundations of any fire/life-safety system. Find out the codes, standards and calculations you need to know to make sure batteries deliver when needed.
Shane Clary · December 06, 2010 ·
A Q&A session addresses code compliance challenges associated with projected beam smoke detectors, annunciators and keypads.
Shane Clary · October 31, 2010 ·
Al Colombo addresses comments prompted by the September's column, "Finding Faults in Fire Systems."
Shane Clary · September 28, 2010 ·
Al Colombo discusses the simple -- yet vital -- steps to better ladder safety.
Shane Clary · August 05, 2010 ·
An important part of what makes fire/life-safety systems easy to sell is that municipal and county governments, by way of sanctioned building departments and knowledgeable inspectors, have established laws or ordinances mandating their installation and maintenance ...
Shane Clary · February 28, 2010 ·
Shane Clary · January 31, 2010 ·
The need for accurate, timely info has always been a problem, but recently civilian and government authorities decided it was time to do something about it.