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Fire Official: Alarm Monitoring Firm Contacted Fire Authorities 2 Hours After Blaze Started

Authorities say a 911 call reveals that Security Central called for dispatch two hours after a fire started at the Marshall Square Retirement Community in Georgia.

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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. By Shane Clary · September 30, 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. By Shane Clary · September 03, 2013

As critical as the components of a fire/life-safety system (e.g. fire alarm control panels, smoke detectors, strobes, sirens) are, they matter little if they fail to get a signal transmitted during an emergency. Thus it is essential system designers ensure uninterrupted circuit pathways, an area that has recently been updated. July 31, 2013

How can dealers rise above the new norm of home-automation noise? The answer partly lies in selling value-add features and services that remind homeowners even though convenience is the new expectation, the ultimate goal is still life safety. July 31, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has appointed Paul Silva, customer service manager for Wayne Alarm Systems, as the Central Station Alarm Association’s (CSAA) voting member to their NFPA 72 Supervising Station Systems Committee. July 29, 2013

The creation of and changes to fire/life-safety codes, standards and regulations does not occur in a vacuum. Fire systems professionals should minimally keep on top of how these rules and guidelines are developing; even better, actively participate in the process. Find out about key proposed ICC fire code changes. July 01, 2013

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of security systems installations gone wrong — sometimes with devastating and fatal consequences. Two in particular serve as departure points to review critical practices and grasp why wisdom trumps smarts. By Bob Dolph · 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 most. By Shane Clary · June 02, 2013

Tom Connaughton is Director, Life Safety & Security Services, for Intertek, the product testing and certification firm. He joins the conversation to discuss trends and challenges in the fire/life-safety industry, as well as the codes adoption process. 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. By Shane Clary · April 30, 2013


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