Fire/Life-Safety Systems Earn Seismic Certification

NORTHFORD, Conn. — Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell announces its addressable and conventional fire alarm control panels have achieved Int’l Building Code (IBC) seismic certification.

The fire alarm systems were tested by the Certified Seismic Qualification Agency. The systems had to remain online and functional immediately following a lengthy series of shake tests to earn approval.

The IBC specifically addresses the design and installation of critical building systems with an emphasis on their performance. It requires all fire/life safety systems in “essential facilities” to have seismic certification based on the facility’s geographic region. Defined as a building intending to remain operational after a damaging earthquake, essential facilities include hospitals, police stations, 911 operations centers, water treatment facilities and more.

Fire-Lite Alarms has also made a seismic kit, which can be installed inside control panels to meet IBC standards, the company says. The kits are available through major security equipment supply houses.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer this important industry approval, says Fire-Lite Alarms Marketing Director Gene Pecora. “Fire systems operation after an earthquake is critical to life safety.”

For a list of IBC-seismic certified addressable and conventional panels, devices and power supplies, click here.


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