Fire/Life Safety Columns & Features Archive

  • The 2010 Edition of the National Fire Alarm Code Has Been Sent to the Printer!

    The 2010 Edition of the National Fire Alarm Code Has Been Sent to the Printer! Expected to be published this month, the recently approved NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm Code, has been finalized. Barring any “emergency...

    Article • September 17th, 2009

  • The Final Vote on NFPA 72, 2010

    The annual NFPA Conference and ExpO in Chicago I attended in June consisted of several pay-per-view seminars and committee meetings. The exposition wasn’t as well attended as past shows, which was probably due to the slow national economy and local fire...

    Article • August 24th, 2009

  • Fire Alarm Expert: Advancements in Linear Heat Detection Technology

    The oldest form of electrical fire detection is the heat detector. Over the years, these devices have had many improvements in their design and operation. The basic method of heat detection still uses a fusible link developed to respond to a specific...

    Article • July 25th, 2009

  • Fire Alarm Certification Options

    Clearly, certification is the way to go and the one to use is left up to you or your state.

    Article • June 20th, 2009

  • New IFC & IBC Fire Alarm Changes for 2009

    In spite of the fact that the entire Fire Alarm and Detection Systems sections in Chapter 9 of the recently published 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) and International Building Code (IBC) have vertical lines along each page, indicating that...

    Article • May 13th, 2009

  • Know the Names and You’ll Be Ahead of the Game

    There are need-to-know differences between fire alarm systems and the signaling services available for these kinds of systems as classified by NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code. NFPA 72 classifies fire alarm systems into Household Systems...

    Article • April 27th, 2009

  • Bosch rethinks its fire business

    Company focuses on larger-scale fire alarm systems as it expands into a networkable, addressable product line

    Article • April 14th, 2009

  • NFPA...ICC...Who Is On First?

    You may recall Abbott and Costello’s famous baseball comedy bit. Abbott tells Costello the names and positions of the persons who play on his baseball team: “Who’s on first, what’s on second and I don’t know is on third.” This routine...

    Article • March 10th, 2009

  • Directional Sounders Part III

    Which Way Out?

    Article • January 27th, 2009

  • Directional Sounders Part II - Code Requirements and Applications

    Last month’s issue featured the first article in a series about exit marking directional sounders, in which we discussed the purpose of these new devices, explained their development and covered the basic acoustic principles on which they...

    Article • January 27th, 2009

  • We’ve Sounded the Alarm: Now What?

    Knowing what to do in emergency chaos

    Article • January 27th, 2009

  • Current trends in fire alarm communication technologies

    As POTS becomes more rare, companies turn to IP and GSM connections

    Article • January 13th, 2009

  • NFPA 72 Permits Internet Monitoring

    Our nation’s infrastructure is quickly moving from copper wires to a fiber optics and wireless communication backbone. If your prospect/customer uses a full-time Internet service, or uses an existing full-time data network connection such as LAN or...

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Are You Ready for the Tech Apprenticeship Program?

    This month’s fire expert gives new meaning to trained technicians as many adopt the ways of NBFAA’s apprenticeship programs.

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Wiring Outside the Box

    Normally, the fire alarm initiating device, notification appliance and signaling line circuits are not run outside the building. When we have no choice but to run them overhead or underground, locating the applicable rules in NFPA 72 can be tough...

    Article • October 27th, 2008