Fire/Life Safety Columns & Features Archive

  • Video imaging technology for fire protection

    IP cameras turn 'smoke detectors' in VISD

    Article • October 8th, 2010

  • Standing at the crossroads

    Transmitting alarms in a new era of uncertainty

    Article • September 2nd, 2010

  • Diebold's entry to fire business

    After 150 years of providing security, firm gets into fire detection installation, service and monitoring

    Article • July 6th, 2010

  • IP-connected fire and life safety systems at NFPA 2010

    Honeywell leaders discuss how IP panels and cellular communications are changing the industry

    Article • June 10th, 2010

  • New fire detection and mass notification system solutions at NFPA Conference 2010

    SD&I's Natalia Kosk reports on new technologies introduced on the show floor

    Article • June 8th, 2010

  • Mass notification primer

    Greg Kessinger looks at NFPA guidelines for installing mass notification systems

    Article • December 11th, 2009

  • Taking Another Path

    A concerted effort to remove the term “fire” from the National Fire Alarm Code® has been underway for some time, with the results evident in the upcoming 2010 edition of NFPA 72. The reason given is that more (non-fire) emergency life-safety rules...

    Article • October 19th, 2009

  • 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