Quiz: Are You a Building and Household Fire Protection Expert?
If you know the most effective means for reducing loss to fire and are up to date with your acronyms, prove it in this fire protection quiz!
Fire- and life-safety professionals are relied on to implement life-saving technology as effectively as possible. Between staying up to date on the latest products and the vast amount of codes that are out there, it can be a daunting job.
Brush up on your building and household fire protection knowledge in the quiz below, then check out SSI Columnist Jeff Zwirn’s tip of the month.
Jeff Zwirn’s Expert Tip of the Month: Be Very Familiar With the Standards You Adopt
Many companies adopt National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards as part of their policies and procedures. But if you think NFPA standards only apply to fire and life-safety systems, think again.
Consider the scope addressed by both NFPA 730, “Guide for Premises Security,” and NFPA 731, “Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems,” for instance. Therefore it’s important for alarm contractors and systems integrators to become fully aware of the information contained within both of these standards, and to make sure that their employees are also properly trained with regards to implementation.
Keep in mind, for example, the following from 730’s Chapter 10, “Security Planning”: “An effective asset protection program should include the development and implementation of a security plan, which should be documents, and the cooperation and support of top management.This facility security plan should address the protection of all of an organization’s defined critical assets, which can include people, property, information and products.”
Moreover, as another example, in the annex to 730 you’ll find this outlined for considering threats and creating security plans: “The [security] team’s efforts to strengthen the security layers of protection begins with a focus on the concentric circles of protection design methodology,” which are graphically shown as the “critical asset” core and outward rings of “respond,” “delay,” “detect” and “deter.”
In the event a claim is made against your company, the policies and procedures of your operations will likely come under scrutiny. Adoption of standards you are not fully aware of or familiar with can increase your liability.
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