Certified Fire Alarm Systems Proposal Defeated by

MINNEAPOLIS—Of all the committee meetings held at the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) World Safety Conference and Exposition, which took place May 19-22 in Minneapolis, the defeat of Proposal 72-381 was of keenest interest to the electronic security industry. Defeated by a single vote (80 to 81), the proposal would have instituted mandatory certification of commercial fire alarm systems by nationally recognized, independent third parties such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Factory Mutual (FM).

NFPA attendee Peter Lowitt of Lowitt Alarms and Security said, “The proposal would have had the effect of raising the standard on fire alarm systems in both the short and long term. False alarms would have been dramatically reduced.”

The remainder of the NFPA show was decidedly low-key. Sprinklers, fire suppression systems and fire detection products were all on display at the expo, while educational sessions covered topics such as fire risk analysis, codes and standards. Many of the manufacturers present expressed concern about low attendance; attendees, however, appreciated the personalized attention they donâ??t normally receive at busier shows.

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