The number of injuries and deaths due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning routinely increases every year as cold weather moves across the nation. The CO threat is an ever-present danger to humankind and animals. This is especially true during the winter months when it becomes necessary to use combustible heating, such as fireplaces and gas- and oil-fired furnaces.
By Al Colombo · November 30, 2009
In September's "Fire Side Chat" we talked about false alarms and how they can overwhelm public agencies, such as firefighters and police personnel, impact municipal budgets, and how end users are often fined to offset the negative monetary effects.
October 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
Compatibility is something with which anyone who installs code-compliant fire alarm systems must be concerned. Unless one manufacturer’s smoke detector is listed as ...
March 31, 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
In years past alarm technicians operated under the assumption that combination burglar/fire alarm panels were not allowed on commercial fire jobs. One reason is that many ...
November 30, 2008
The emergence of network-like technology in the fire alarm industry is already underway. Although progress is somewhat slow and the degree of implementation varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, overall the industry is moving in the direction of a network-based solution with information technology (IT) clearly in view. A handful of fire equipment manufacturers have recently given us ...
June 30, 2008
Using Ethernet technology to transmit alarm signals is the future of the security industry. Coming to maturation at a time when the sun has set on advanced mobile phone service (AMPS) equipment, Internet protocol (IP) alarm communication is the technology dealers must now consider to ...
April 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. Oftentimes, changes occur in the fire protection industry because of advances in fire detection technology, while ...
April 30, 2008