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Fire Side Chat with Shane Clary


About the columnist, Shane Clary
Shane Clary, Ph.D., has more than 37 years of security and fire alarm industry experience. He serves on a number of NFPA technical committees, and is vice president of Codes and Standards Compliance for Pancheco, Calif.-based Bay Alarm Co. He can be reached at [email protected]
Latest technologies, installation and troubleshooting tips, and codes and standards relevant to fire/life safety.
Latest column posts
Shane Clary looks into the future to see how evolving security technology will impact the alarm systems of tomorrow. Shane Clary · March 22, 2016

The alarm industry should keep track of these hearing dates on fire-life protection, as well as new editions of NFPA codes. Shane Clary · February 18, 2016

If you install fire alarm systems, get better acquainted with NFPA 72 with the help of SSI columnist Shane Clary. Shane Clary · January 18, 2016

Security Sales & Integration's Fire Side Chat columnist Dr. Shane Clary discusses which motions passed and which didn't from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) annual meeting. Shane Clary · August 04, 2015

Security Sales & Integration's Fire Side Chat columnist Shane Clary provides a brief description on various articles within Chapter 7, Special Conditions in NFPA 70, The National Electrical Code (NEC). Shane Clary · July 20, 2015

Security Sales & Integration magazine 'Fire Side Chat' columnist Shane Clary discusses how two proposed National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) changes may impact authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs). Shane Clary · June 23, 2015

Security systems integrators need to be aware of appropriate mass notification system (MNS) message practices to help end user clients. Shane Clary · May 08, 2015

The Clean Water Act includes requirements to reduce pollutants that may enter the nation’s water system. With this in mind, security systems integrators need to understand the importance of testing waterflow switches for fire systems. Shane Clary · March 30, 2015

Security systems integrators need to know the difference between central station service and simply having signals received at a listed supervising station. Shane Clary · January 21, 2015

Installing security contractors who want to stay on top of their game, and on top of the latest legislation, codes and other pertinent issues, should consider joining one of these trade organizations. Shane Clary · December 24, 2014

A visit to the biennial Essen Security expo in Germany offered updates on how technology such as wireless detection and aspiration smoke detection are impacting Europe, and what might be heading toward U.S. product development. Shane Clary · November 24, 2014

Don’t overlook requirements regarding runner/technician service to the protected premises and stipulations about who can conduct inspection and testing of systems. Shane Clary · November 13, 2014

Proper design of an emergency communications system requiring voice intelligibility depends on factors such as room acoustics, speaker layout and even the manner in which the person is announcing a live instruction. Shane Clary · August 27, 2014

Audibility requirements of fire alarm and emergency communications systems have become more prominent in recent years. Learn where and when you may need to heed such standards based on how NFPA 72 has addressed the intelligibility issue. Shane Clary · July 30, 2014

It used to be technological change came to the fire alarm industry at a tortoise’s crawl, which made sense given life-safety issues. However, faster and more reliable technology is pushing the business to adopt more of a hare’s pace. See what the next five years has in store. By Shane Clary · January 09, 2014





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