QUINCY, Mass.—A proposal to exempt homes with just a fire extinguisher in the kitchen from an International Residential Code requirement that all new homes have fire sprinklers is tragically misguided, according to a spokeswoman for the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
QUINCY, Mass.—Installers putting in a fire alarm system know that lives and property—and their own business reputations—depend on their getting it right. But they can’t do that if the documents they rely on for codes and standards are wrong.
QUINCY, Mass.—The National Fire Protection Association is launching a new authenticity program, through which users and customers can ensure that digital copies of NFPA documents have not been altered, according to an organization statement.
QUINCY, Mass.—The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently launched an online letter campaign in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, which is expected to come before Congress again in 2013, 10 years after it was first proposed.
VIENNA, Va.—For central stations pursuing UL certification or expecting their first audit, there can be uncertainty and maybe even a touch of anxiety. It’s an important benchmark—will your facility be able to stand up to the scrutiny?
CHICAGO—Telular Corp. recently announced that its Telguard TG-7FS cellular communicator is now compliant with the National Fire Protection Association 2013 edition requirements for sole-path communications. The latest edition of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, allows sole-path cellular communications to be supervised for commercial fire systems once every 60 minutes, instead of every five minutes as required by the 2010 edition, the company said.
SILVER SPRING, Md.—A proposal to change NFPA 730, the National Fire Protection Association standard governing security systems, from a best-practices recommendation to a code is generating concerns from the security industry.
NFPA 730 and NFPA 731, the National Fire Protection Association rules governing installation and maintenance of security systems, have proved controversial in the past—and now they’re up for revision again.
Because the proposed changes could impact security companies, the Security Industry Association (SIA) is urging its members to comment. You have until 5 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16, to do so.
Here’s some of what SIA had to say in a recent communication to members:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has opened the next revision of the NFPA 730: Premises Security Guide and the NFPA 731: Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems for public comment. Of importance to many Security Industry Association members is the proposal to change the title and scope of NFPA 730 to NFPA 730: Premises Security Code and the resulting change of all instances of “should” to “shall” within the document. This change can have an impact on the installed products and systems of many SIA members. After conferring with other industry groups including ASIS International and NFPA, we recommend that SIA members consider submitting comments directly to the NFPA.