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
Get answers to questions on how to guide conversations about retrofitting existing fire alarm panels with mass notification capabilities.
By Maria Marks and Dan Finnegan · May 08, 2015
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
The wording of the 520Hz signal requirement in NFPA 72: 2010 and 2013 has caused some confusion. In general, low frequency sounders take the place of standard sounders in commercial sleeping spaces. However, there’s far more to know about the newly enacted requirement.
By Rebecca Peterson · May 06, 2014
The Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Nation Training School’s Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) designation has received approval from the Iowa State Fire Marshal. The endorsement acknowledges CFAD as an acceptable form of training for applicants seeking fire alarm system contractor licensing in the state of Iowa.
October 16, 2013
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
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
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