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Shane Clary, SSI Contributor

Shane Clary, Ph.D., is Security Sales & Integration’s “Fire Side Chat” columnist. He has more than 37 years of security and fire alarm industry experience. He serves on a number of NFPA technical committees, and is vice president of Codes and Standards Compliance for Pancheco, Calif.-based Bay Alarm Co.

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Read: Decoding Emergency Communications Standards: NFPA 1225

Decoding Emergency Communications Standards: NFPA 1225

Thanks to a code transition, fire alarm system contractors will eventually be the primary source for bi-directional amplifier systems. Here’s what they need to know.

Read: The Price of Proper Safety: Paying NFPA and UL Standards Their Dues

The Price of Proper Safety: Paying NFPA and UL Standards Their Dues

Though some argue they should be free, the NFPA or ICC could not survive and be able to continue their missions if the codes and standards they publish were available in public domain.

Read: NFPA 72 Changes: Remote Access & UL Usage

NFPA 72 Changes: Remote Access & UL Usage

Within the 2022 edition, some stringent rules have been added to quantify what can and cannot be performed via remote access to the fire alarm control unit.

Read: NFPA 72 Changes: Initiating Devices & Notification Appliances 

NFPA 72 Changes: Initiating Devices & Notification Appliances 

There are several additions to Chapter 18 of NFPA 72 related to the use of notification appliances within a protected premises, and a change to Chapter 17 regarding CO detectors.

Read: NFPA 72 2022 Edition Brings Changes to Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

NFPA 72 2022 Edition Brings Changes to Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

Fire/life-safety expert Shane Clary reviews changes and additions to Chapters 14 and 10 in the 2022 Edition of NFPA 72.

Read: Making Sense of NFPA 72’s New Cybersecurity Chapter

Making Sense of NFPA 72’s New Cybersecurity Chapter

The 2022 edition of NFPA 72 features a new chapter dedicated to cybersecurity. Here’s what integrators need to know.

Read: Problematic System? How to Use Your ‘Thinking Hat’ to Diagnose Issues

Problematic System? How to Use Your ‘Thinking Hat’ to Diagnose Issues

Not only should those who work on fire alarm systems be factory certified on the systems and equipment they are working on, but they also need to be competent on resolving issues not associated with the equipment.

Read: 5 Approved Methods for Testing Smoke Detectors

5 Approved Methods for Testing Smoke Detectors

Calibrated test method, a manufacturer’s calibrated sensitivity test instrument and listed control equipment arranged for the purpose are a few methods laid out in NFPA 72.

Read: When & How to Test Smoke Detector Sensitivity

When & How to Test Smoke Detector Sensitivity

Fire/life-safety expert Shane Clary reviews the requirements and methods for testing smoke detector sensitivity per NFPA 72.

Read: Why This Elevator Smoke Detector Requirement Is the Pits

Why This Elevator Smoke Detector Requirement Is the Pits

Fire/life-safety expert Shane Clary bucks an NFPA 72 code requirement and explains why the onus should instead be on the building owner.

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