NFPA Moving Toward Changes in 731, Deadline Nears for Proposed Revisions by Public


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is moving toward approving interim changes to NFPA 731 – Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems. In addition, the deadline is fast approaching for dealers and integrators, and the rest of the general public, to give proposals for further revisions to NFPA 731.

Changes being made as tentative interim amendments (TIAs) include reductions in the power supply requirements and the requirements for detection circuit supervision.

The first change switches the minimum number of hours a secondary power supply should be able to operate an electronic premise security system from 24 to four. The other TIA eliminates the words “single-ground fault” from sections that mandate the monitoring of wiring connections. They now only refer to monitoring so that the occurrence of a single open condition can be indicated.

NFPA 731, which sets standards for the installation of electronic security systems, was passed by NFPA last June.

The NFPA Technical Committee is receiving comments on the TIAs – available at – through June 14. The final decision whether to approve the TIAs to NFPA 731 will be made by the NFPA Standards Council during its July 24 to 26 meeting.

Meanwhile, the deadline for dealers, integrators and others to make proposals for the 2008 second edition of NFPA 731 is fast approaching.

All proposals for revisions to the standard that can be submitted by any member of the general public must be received by NFPA by 5 p.m. EDT on May 26.

NFPA says proposals should address only a single session of 731 and include technical reasons for the change.

Proposals can be provided either online at, or via fax or mail using the form provided here.

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