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Should vs. Shall in Building Code: What Does it Mean?

The following words in Building Codes, City Ordinances, or Plan Review Correction Letters are not mandatory but recommendations. “ May”, “Recommend”, “Prefer”, “Suggest”, “Need” or “Should” are not the law of the code. Shall! When designing a fire alarm system under the Design Built context, only “Shall” items are required. …

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Top 5 Causes of Industrial and Manufacturing Fires

Industrial and Manufacturing Property Fire Facts Fires occurring in industrial and manufacturing properties cause an estimated $1.2 billion of damages, 279 injuries and 18 civilian deaths every year. According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are more than 37,000 industrial and manufacturing fires occurring every …

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Fire Safety Tips for Unoccupied Commercial Buildings

Before businesses or commercial property owners decide to vacate a building, a comprehensive risk assessment should be conducted and a plan put in place for long-term protection of the property.  Building owners should consider how long the property will be vacant, if they plan to occupy the building again or …

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What Components Complete a Fire Alarm System?

A commercial fire alarm system is an essential part of total life safety for commercial and industrial properties.  Commercial building fire alarm systems can be quite complex such as high-rise buildings with multiple levels or sprawling campuses with many buildings and facilities that must be connected for mass notification. Commercial …

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How Does an Addressable Fire Alarm System Work?

An addressable fire alarm system works by having every detection and notification device connected to each other and to the addressable fire alarm control panel. An addressable system sends digital signals in binary code, as opposed to a conventional fire alarm system which operates through electrical currents.  Addressable systems operate …

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The Difference Between Addressable and Conventional Fire Alarm System

When installing or upgrading a commercial fire alarm system, it is important to understand the difference between the two main types of systems available, Conventional and Addressable alarm systems.  Choosing the right system for your business can impact your company’s bottom line, along with life safety and protection of property.  …

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Fire Detection and Alarm System Preventive Maintenance Checklist

Installing a sophisticated, state-of-the-art fire detection and alarm system at your place of business whether a small business, medical facility, or high-rise building, is just the beginning. Fire alarm systems must work right the first time, there are no second chances in life safety performance. A commercial fire alarm system …

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Commercial Fire Alarm Inspections: What You Need to Know

A fire alarm system is one of the most important pieces of equipment on commercial buildings, working 24/7 to protect property and the people inside.  Property managers and building engineers need to know why annual inspections are so important, and how to stay compliant with the latest updates to fire …

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