Building Owners Must Know Their Fire Safety System

It is the responsibility of building owners and managers to know their fire safety system, have proper documentation including an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and to provide end user training.  Building owners must have basic information on the type of fire alarm system installed in their structure, and how it…

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What NFPA Standard Applies to My Fire Extinguishers?

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NFPA10 is the standard which applies to the selection, installation and location, maintenance and inspection, and testing of portable extinguishing equipment as described by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  The NFPA is the most nationally recognized authority on codes and standards for fire protection and all aspects of fire,…

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Fire and Safety Systems Early Warning Prevent Disasters

Mass Notification Systems

There is no doubt that fire and safety systems early warning prevent disasters, and save lives.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the most recognized organization for fire safety guidelines, in 2015 alone there were 1,345,500 reported fires in the United States, causing 3,280 deaths, 15,700 injuries and…

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Audio Systems are Effective with Orderly Evacuation

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Audio announcements integrated with fire and safety systems are also referred to as voice evacuation systems, and greatly assist with orderly evacuation when needed.  Voice announcement evacuations are required in high-rise buildings, and places of assembly such as college campuses.  

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Preparing for and Certifying Your Fire System Inspection

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Properly functioning fire detection and alarm systems are essential life protection elements of high-rise buildings. These are designed to work in harmony to identify potential emergencies, alert the occupants, and direct an orderly evacuation. Simultaneously, emergency first responders should be alerted to the problem in order to arrive at the…

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Why An Addressable Alarm System Is Better

Why Are Addressable Alarm Systems Better than Conventional Systems? The key to rapid response in a fire emergency situation is time. Without timely identification of a problem and immediate notification, lives may be jeopardized and more property lost. Addressable fire alarm systems are designed to detect problems instantly, and notify…

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Chicago Comparison to NFPA

I am often asked, “When is a building in Chicago required or non-required?” There are a couple of Chicago Building Code Chapters to be familiar with,13-76*, 15-16-110. Though there are other chapters to be considered, these are the primaries. Type of Occupancies: “Required” Status High Rise Building, any Building or…

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Where are Strobes Required?

There are a few code documents that discuss this question. NFPA101, International Building Code (IBC), and American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Firstly, it is clear that visual strobes should be installed in public areas anticipated to be used by hearing impaired individuals such as restrooms, hallways and building lobbies. Furthering…

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