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 updated National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
By Shane Clary · September 03, 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 property within built environments.
By Shane Clary · July 31, 2012
Vivint Vice President of Operations Steve Dixon and Central Station Manager Amy Becht offer best practice tips on operating an effective central station.
Ashley Willis · July 16, 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.
By Shane Clary · July 01, 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.
By Shane Clary · June 12, 2012
Three female executives suggest ways for women to progress in the security industry.
Ashley Willis · April 11, 2012
Following the announcement that JoAnna Sohovich has resigned from her position as president of Honeywell Security & Communications, SSI
Associate Editor Ashley Willis ponders the future for women in the security industry.
Ashley Willis · December 07, 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 meet expectations for your aspect of the project.
By Dr. Shane Clary · October 13, 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.
By Al Colombo · September 20, 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.
By Al Colombo · August 10, 2011