• 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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  • Spotlight on GFPE National Electrical Code

    Dec 18, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Test your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • It’s the Little Things That Count Cabling

    Jul 18, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    As they say, the devil is in the details. Knowing the little things that count can help get the job done, and save time and money. Let’s look at some little things that matter for fiber optics.
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  • EC Safety Program and Requirements Safety

    Jul 18, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    This month, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is profiling the electrical contractor, so let’s look at a few of the components in an electrical contractor’s safety program.
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  • Integrated Systems Testing Life Safety Systems

    Jun 21, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Now that the 2015 edition of NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, has been adopted in the 2018 codes, let’s see what you know about integrated systems testing requirements.
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  • Equipment Requirements National Electrical Code

    Jun 21, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Per the National Electrical Code (NEC), electrical equipment must be rated for voltage and ampacity, and it is required to carry normal current and the amount of available fault current during ground-fault or short-circuit conditions. Warnings also must be on equipment that is likely to need examination, adjustment, servicing or maintenance while energized.
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  • The Right Tools for the Job Cabling

    May 10, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    Nothing makes a job easier than having the right tools. The Fiber Optic Association is updating its recommended tool list for trainers. In the process, I have learned about “old reliable” tools and the new tools available to help the fiber technician.
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  • Fall Protection Safety Requirements Safety

    May 10, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    May is National Electrical Safety Month, and in honor of OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is May 7–11, here are some fall protection questions to consider.
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  • Fire Alarm Notification Appliances Life Safety Systems

    Apr 17, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Check your knowledge of audible and visible notification appliance requirements of the 2016 NFPA 72.
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  • Definitions and Tables National Electrical Code

    Apr 17, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Conductors and equipment covered by the National Electrical Code (NEC)—including prefabricated systems and installations—are required to be approved. NEC tables help Code users accurately apply the requirements. Rules that appear in tabular form and without exceptions provide precise values and information. Use of the tables requires gathering required information and determining the corresponding value within the applicable table.
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  • Standards Are Not Color-Blind Cabling

    Mar 16, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    In fiber optics, color codes relay a lot of vital information. They help electrical contractors determine which fiber, cable or connector they are working with and ensure the installation is correct. How well do you know fiber optic color codes?
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  • Lighting Safety Requirements Safety

    Mar 16, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    To comply with OSHA regulations and other standards such as NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, lighting installed in temporary and permanent locations has to meet specific safety requirements.
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