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).
By Shane Clary · January 01, 2013
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.
By Shane Clary · December 02, 2012
How important is it to train customers to effectively handle an intrusion alarm system? An intrusion alarm incident at a Walgreens in Wauwatosa, Wis., offers a few reasons why alarm companies should regularly schedule follow-up meetings with clients to make sure they know what to do in the event of a break-in.
Ashley Willis · November 20, 2012
Associate Editor Ashley Willis talks with Mobotix Chief Sales Officer Dr. Magnus Ekerot about what the industry can expect in terms of technology for 2013. Read on as Ekerot tackles that question and explains how Mobotix can aid integrators in growing their businesses.
Ashley Willis · November 14, 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.
By Shane Clary · November 01, 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 also the how and why.
By Shane Clary · September 30, 2012
How many times have you been in a public place and heard an announcement that was impossible to recognize? What if the message was an evacuation order for assistance in exiting a burning building? Learn the critical facets of speech intelligibility and how to test for it.
By Bob Dolph · 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 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