• Audible Fire Alarm Notification Appliances Life Safety Systems

    Jun 13, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know the application, design and installation factors for audible fire alarm notification appliances? These are some details that should be known for a more effective fire alarm.
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  • Knowing Who's Who National Electrical Code

    Jun 13, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    In my May Code Comments column, I wrote about the NEC and NFPA 70E definitions of a “qualified person.” Test your memory and your knowledge of this NEC term in the quiz below.
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  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Safety

    May 15, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    May is Electrical Safety Month. How well do you know the standards and regulations that keep you safe on the job? To access resources and informational videos related to consumer and workplace electrical safety developed by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, visit ESFI’s website at esfi.org.
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  • Fiber Optic Test Sources Cabling

    May 15, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    My previous quiz focused on power meters and how they are used to make basic measurements. To measure loss, you need a test source in addition to a power meter. Are you familiar with the sources used for fiber optic testing? More information on optical power can be found in the Fiber Optics Association Guide at www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/testing/test/power.html.
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  • Fire Alarm Initiating Devices Life Safety Systems

    Apr 15, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Test your knowledge of the application, installation and testing of fire alarm initiating devices.
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  • The Ins and Outs of Grounding National Electrical Code

    Apr 15, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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  • Fiber Optic Power Meters Cabling

    Mar 15, 2019 | Jim Hayes
    Most fiber optic techs are familiar with optical loss test sets, and many use optical time-domain reflectometers, but power meters may not be familiar to all of them. Are you knowledgeable about this instrument?
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  • Cords and Cables Safety

    Mar 15, 2019 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Working safely with cabling and cords in the electrical industry is a priority for all workers. OSHA has specific requirements for this. Whether it is temporary power cords or permanently installed cables, safety is a must for everyone.
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  • Approval and Other Requirements National Electrical Code

    Feb 15, 2019 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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  • Fire Alarms and the IBC Life Safety Systems

    Feb 15, 2019 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Building and fire codes provide the “when” and “where” of how fire alarm systems are installed. How well do you know the fire alarm requirements of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC)? Here is your opportunity to find out.
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  • Spotlight on GFPE National Electrical Code

    Dec 18, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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  • Changes to NFPA 72 2019 Life Safety Systems

    Dec 18, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    NFPA 72-2019 was recently released. This quiz is intended to help identify changes in this new edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
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  • Using Tools and Equipment Safely Safety

    Nov 27, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Handheld and portable power tools are used everyday in construction. Many of these tools have been engineered to be used safely in the field by authorized, competent and qualified people.
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  • OSP Fiber Optic Cable Construction Cabling

    Nov 27, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    Smart grid, smart cities, intelligent traffic signals, small cells—it seems like everything popular in new technology needs more fiber. That means installing more fiber optic cables, and that means more construction. How familiar are you with the outside plant (OSP) fiber optic construction process?
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  • Surging Ahead National Electrical Code

    Oct 16, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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  • Secondary Power Requirements Life Safety Systems

    Oct 16, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Test your knowledge of NFPA 72 2016 secondary power requirements.
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  • Safety Documentation Safety

    Sep 12, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Mobile apps, online training and video conferencing have made managing safety and adhering to OSHA and NFPA requirements for safety documentation easier and more streamlined. What do you know about managing these safety requirements?
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  • Multimode Fiber Cabling

    Sep 12, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    Multimode fiber has been around a long time and is still being used in many premises cabling applications. There also are continuous upgrades in multimode technology. How well have you kept up with multimode fiber technology and applications?
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  • Fire Alarm Survivability Requirements Life Safety Systems

    Aug 29, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Pathway survivability requirements are an often-misunderstood area of fire alarm systems. Test your knowledge of the requirements in NFPA 72, 2016 edition.
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  • Grounding Electrical Systems National Electrical Code

    Aug 29, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    These days, multiple power sources can be present in a single building or structure. Many of these are what the National Electrical Code (NEC) calls separately derived systems. Transformers, batteries, fuel cells and generators can supply these systems. An electrical system produced by a generator is either required to be grounded as a separately derived system or it is not, and the key to this is the transfer equipment.
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