Latest technologies, installation and troubleshooting tips, and codes and standards relevant to fire/life safety.
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False fire alarms affect everyone - from the firefighters whose job it is to respond to them to those who live and work where they occur.
August 31, 2009
Society's infatuation with wireless technology didn't start with the advent of the cell phone. This love affair actually began with an invention called the radio in or about 1922. The introduction of the television simply clinched it.
July 31, 2009
In the past many signal transmission technologies have been devised in order to send alarm signals to a monitoring station with the intent of summoning a local fire brigade. Each one reflected the newest and greatest transmission technologies of its time.
June 30, 2009
Sprinkler systems are an important part of an end user’s overall fire protection program. Not only are these systems often required by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), but ...
By Al Colombo · February 28, 2009
The need for quality, code-compliant fire alarms has never been greater. The proper operation ...
October 31, 2008
Fire departments in the United States reported 896,500 false fire alarms in 1980. Since that time ...
September 30, 2008
The fire protection industry is an ever-changing environment. If it were not, fire codes would remain the same year after year, cycle after cycle, and our job would be less complicated.
By Al Colombo · April 30, 2008
Last month we talked about the many ways fire and burglar alarm technicians use relays. We covered some of the code compliance issues associated with their use as well as how to ...
January 31, 2008
In last month’s “Fire Side Chat” we talked about the basic requirements for hazardous areas, which include Class I, II, III and Divisions 1 and 2. We discussed the basic code requirements related to each and we ended with ...
November 30, 2007
Can you please tell me what code says about an alarm installer’s responsibility where it comes to installing a full complement of automatic smoke detectors in ...
September 30, 2007
Training is one of the most critical elements in the installation and service of fire alarm systems. Unless a fire technician knows and understands every aspect of the job, terrible things can happen to the ...
August 31, 2007
In 2004, there were 1.56 million fires attended by fire departments across the United States, with more than a half-million taking place within a structure of some type. An overwhelming majority of them, 410,500 to be exact (78 percent), took place in a home, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) of Quincy, Mass.
Shane Clary · November 30, 2006
The control of fire safety in a burning building is an extremely important part of the fire detection mission. Last month, we talked about ancillary relays, smoke detectors and door release as a function of smoke control.
July 31, 2005
By Al Colombo · February 29, 2004