Fire-Lite Alarms earns seismic certification

Company's fire protection equipment tested and certified to meet IBC seismic requirements


NORTHFORD, Conn., March 24, 2011 - Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell announces International Building Code (IBC) seismic certification has been achieved for its most popular addressable and conventional fire alarm systems.

Systems of high importance in "essential facilities" now require seismic certification depending on their geographic region. Fire-Lite Alarms systems and seismic kits are available through major security equipment supply houses, providing installers a competitive edge with immediate access to seismic-certified fire alarm equipment.

Fire-Lite Alarms has created a seismic kit, which is easily installed inside its control panels to meet IBC seismic requirements. A list of IBC-seismic certified addressable and conventional panels, devices and power supplies is available on www.firelite.com.

To achieve certification per IBC requirements, fire alarm systems must remain "online and functional" immediately following a lengthy series of shake tests performed under the witness of a Certified Seismic Qualification Agency. The IBC specifically addresses the design and installation of critical building systems with an emphasis on their performance. The IBC code related to seismic certification also dictates the requirements for attachment of fire alarm components to the building.

An essential facility is defined as a building that is intended to remain operational after extreme "environmental load" from an event such as an earthquake. At a minimum, IBC-certified fire protection systems are required in specific U.S. regions for the following essential facilities:

- Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
- Fire, rescue and police stations
- Designated earthquake, hurricane or other emergency shelters
- 911, communication, data, switching, operation centers
- Most power-generating stations and other public utility facilities
- Structures containing highly-toxic materials
- Buildings and structures having critical national defense functions
- Most water treatment facilities
- Aviation control towers, air traffic control centers, emergency aircraft hangers and some terminal buildings

"We're pleased to be able to offer this important industry approval. Fire systems operation after an earthquake is critical to life safety," says Gene Pecora, marketing director for Fire-Lite Alarms.

Visit www.firelite.com for more comprehensive information on its fire protection offerings and seismic approvals. For product demonstrations, engineer presentations or to learn where to buy Fire-Lite Alarms products, contact a local sales manager.