Fire/Life Safety Columns & Features Archive

  • 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

  • Fire Alarm Expert: All This Noise Isn’t Helping

    Suddenly the fire alarm signal begins blaring inside the cab. There is nothing to do but let the elevator take you to your floor or the floors of the other passengers. If the car’s been recalled, maybe the elevator will stop, reverse direction and...

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • New Rules for Smoke Detectors

    At first glance, it appears that there are many changes to the spot-type smoke detection section of Chapter Five in NFPA 72, 2007 Edition. After a quick check of “Smoke-Sensing Fire Detectors,” section 5.7, you will notice there are no dots indicating...

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Grill The Fire Expert

    Mass Notification Benefits Many

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Grill The Fire Expert

    AHJ Wants Out of the Closet

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Grill The Fire Expert: Keeping a Close Eye on Code Changes

    Staying Involved IN the BUILDING CODE Process

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Grill The Fire Expert: Warning Messages in Casinos

    When the Chips are Down

    Article • October 27th, 2008

  • Grill The Fire Expert

    Code Requirements Make Alphabet Soup

    Article • October 27th, 2008