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.
When designing a fire alarm system under the Design Built context, only “Shall” items are required.
Any other suggested comments may be considered and if implemented would be fair to the contractor to be paid for providing a requested item.
Some examples of suggestive comments:
- Preference for an Addressable Fire Alarm System
- At the discretion of the AHJ, he may,,,,,
- Preferences for a Remote Station Radio
- Recommend supervised smoke detectors
- Recommendation for Smoke or Heat Detector Coverage
- Prefer sounder bases
- Suggest added heat detectors
- Prefer Horns Strobes throughout all sleeping rooms
- Need protective covers over pull stations in common areas
- Suggestion for cages over smoke detectors or heat detector in common areas
- Recommendation for a System Printer
- Recommendation for Graphical Displays
- Recommendation fire alarm annunciator displays in other remote areas of the building
- Suggested increased backup times for secondary power
- The voluntary need to interface to third party software, BacNet, Intranets, Internets, and other digital Security systems
- We wish to communicate with smart devices
At HRSS, we do work on many interesting projects and listen to all interested parties. We pride ourselves on bringing the group together to discuss all aspects of the life safety system, and collectively making sound decisions as to what is best for the overall safety of people and the building. Please contact us with any questions on interpreting building or fire safety codes.