Whether a healthcare occupancy is a full-service hospital, assisted living facility or nursing home, codes and common sense require that the fire alarm system be reliable and operational 24/7 all year long.
National Fire Protection Association members will vote on the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, at the June NFPA conference in Chicago. If the members accept and the Standards Council approves, it will be available for adoption this fall.
This is the second of two articles that provides a glimpse of the significant changes to NFPA 70E—2009. The first appears in the January 2009 issue. This article reviews the balance of Chapter 1 along with changes in Chapters 2 and 3.
President George W Bush signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act on August 14, 2008. This bill contains several important campus-safety components, including the core provisions of the original Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers covered under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 provide employees an environment that is free from recognized hazards that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm (OSHA 29 CFR 1926 and
When you, as an installing contractor, get a telephone call from a property owner asking you to propose a fire alarm and detection system for his or her building, you have more on your plate than just adding up equipment and labor costs.
Every day, we encounter both good and bad customer service. If you fly at all, you already know that most airlines have forgotten what the words “customer service” mean. You are met by a surly gate agent who is upset about having to assist you.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released findings from a report on U.S. fire loss for 2007. According to this overview of the U.S. fire experience, fires killed one person every two and a half hours last year.
As an electrical contractor, you field calls from prospective customers asking for a fire alarm system installation. Interestingly, although you may be knowledgeable in these installations, you may rarely ask the owner about his or her fire protection goals.
For many years, the audibility and intelligibility of fire alarm signals were ignored. Traditionally, a contractor or designer would put one audible/visible appliance above each manual fire alarm box (pull station) and maybe one or two more in the hallway.
In the decades since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that electrical fires are disproportionately frequent in homes more than 40 years old, a generation of houses has aged into the danger zone.
As most contractors know, installing fire alarm systems is a code-driven business. One would think the requirements for fire alarm system installations are the same for all commercial and government buildings. While that may be the case for some government buildings, it certainly is not universal.
Reliable, dependable fire detection depends on electrical contractors (ECs) installing the correct cable. Quality is just as important as wire gauge. The internal and external characteristics of the product must fit the application.
Sometimes we get so caught up in running an electrical business and trying to make ends meet that we forget the importance of planning. It is important to take the time to evaluate your business and decide which areas need improvement and where new business can be developed.
There were 3,688 proposals for changes to the newest National Electrical Code (NEC) and 2,349 comments processed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staff at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Mass. The following is part four in a series of significant changes for the 2008 NEC.