Fire and life safety systems are well positioned to incorporate emergency communications and mass notification messaging. NFPA 72-2010 offers more specific guidance on how all the pieces should work together.
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Scott Lacey understands that for a mass notification system (MNS) to work, the stakeholders who know the ins and outs of the facility must be heavily involved in design and risk assessment. Lacey, president of Lacey Fire Protection Engineering in Greenbrier, Arkansas, and founder of Compliance Services and Assessments, a fire protection contractor licensing service, has more than 30 years experience in fire service with about 16 years in code enforcement. He is a committee member on the National Fire Protection Association’s emergency communications system (ECS) committee, a subcommittee of NFPA 72, and has been involved with MNS since 2003.
System Sensor ECS and MNS devices and accessories include all the versatility and benefits of the entire SpectrAlert® Advance line, including a family look, plug-in designs, universal mounting plates with onboard shorting springs, and field-selectable settings. SpectrAlert Advance emergency communications devices can greatly simplify the design, installation, and maintenance of your ECS or MNS, so you can save time and money while meeting NFPA and DoD requirements.
Fire Protection Engineers, installers and code enforcers should be aware of the new smoke detection placement requirements in the 2010 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The new requirements – applicable to one- and two-family dwellings, guest rooms of hotels, dormitories and dwelling units in apartment buildings – are intended to reduce unwanted alarms from smoke alarms or smoke detectors installed near fixed or stationary cooking appliances. If you are installing fire detection in these types of dwellings, compliance with these new requirements is essential for optimum detection performance and higher immunity to unwanted activations.
Fire safety for cultural institutions is complex and involves solving the challenges of protecting priceless property and ensuring life safety for thousands of attendees per day. Cultural institutions, such as museums and libraries, have a unique set of characteristics that make fire and life safety requirements different from those of other buildings. They must simultaneously [...]
This multi-function module combines two monitor inputs and two relay outputs into one device. The module is capable of Class B supervised wiring to the monitored devices. It also contains Form C relay contacts allowing the panel to switch the contacts on command. There is a dedicated LED on the module for each input and output. The control panel can use these bi-color LEDs to indicate normal, alarm and trouble conditions.
Jeffrey LaSalle has been a fire protection engineer and consultant since 1988. Throughout his career, LaSalle has worked in a variety of roles across many building and facility types, including cultural facilities such as museums. As founder of LaSalle Engineering, LLC, a fire and life safety consulting engineering firm specializing in fire protection and life safety engineering, code consulting, and construction administration, he services a variety of industries and clients that need to protect high-value or irreplaceable assets, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution