SSI’s Top 10 Fire/Life-Safety News Items

As 2011 draws to an end, SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION encourages readers to reflect on the many developments that have transpired in the electronic security industry during the past 12 months. To that end, the SSI staff has compiled a series of ‘Top 10’ lists based reader popularity. Following are the 10 most viewed news items on the Fire/Life-Safety channel on in 2011:

[Feb. 18, 2011] The widow of a firefighter who was one of four people killed in a 2007 house fire in San Pablo, Calif., will be paid $4.6 million to settle her wrongful-death lawsuit against two security companies she blamed for mishandling the initial report of the fire, according to a newspaper report.

[June 29, 11] When Spokane Public Schools (SPS) embarked on a district-wide renovation of its schools and facilities, a locally-based systems integrator was called on to provide upgrades to the fire/life-safety systems.

[Feb. 17, 2011] A Newfoundland family is crediting an ADT emergency dispatcher with saving their lives from possible carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Starting July 1, new legislation in California will go into effect requiring homeowners to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in every home. The law aims to prevent sickness and death as a result of CO poisoning.

[Dec. 6, 2011] A family that claims their fire alarm did not sound during a fire is blaming the alarm company that installed the system, citing that the system did not work.

[Feb. 10, 2011] When construction began on one of the largest residential developments here, Firetech Engineered Systems stepped in to design the fire/life-safety system. The locally-based company installed roughly 840 System Sensor speakers and speaker strobes, 370 intelligent smoke detectors and 15 duct smoke detectors.

[June 8, 2011] Coming on the heels of extreme tornado activity in the Midwest and elsewhere, releases Severe Weather Alerts, which warns customers of looming inclement weather in the area.

[Feb. 10, 2011] A new bill introduced this week in the Illinois legislature would authorize fire protection districts to operate fire alarm monitoring facilities and exempt such districts from anti-trust liability.

[July 12, 2011] The Electronic Security Association (ESA) requested Congress to amend two bills that would allow fire protection in buildings to include fire detection and suppression.

[July 5, 2011] U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 373,900 home fires from 2005-2009 according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) new study, “Home Structure Fires.” The fires caused an estimated 2,650 civilian deaths each year.


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