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Security companies: You can still have your say on NFPA 730!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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.

For more information, visit www.siaonline.org and www.nfpa.org.

 

NFPA’s annual conference to colocate with new expo

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo will be held in Chicago in 2013, from June 10 through 12.

And the NFPA just announced that it will be colocating the annual event with a brand new expo, one featuring information and products designed to improve safety for people with disabilities. For a conference that’s all about how to save lives, it sounds like a great match. Here’s more from an NFPA press release on the event, to be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place:
 

The inaugural Accessibility Expo: Beyond the ADA will colocate with the annual. The three-day event will inform building designers, builders, managers and safety executives, and promote the idea of moving beyond the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“With each passing day I marvel at new innovations and advancements, particularly those that improve access to information, communications and the ability of people with disabilities to be more empowered with respect to their own safety,” said Allan Fraser, NFPA’s senior building code specialist.  “It’s time to shine a light on innovations so that building designers, suppliers, facility and safety managers, and first responders can connect and interact.”

Conference sessions will address life safety in five categories of disability, including mobility, vision, hearing, speech and cognitive, as well as creative and common sense best practices and solutions. The exhibition will feature enhanced alarm systems, directional sound devices, voice-to-text/text-to -voice devices, video phones for American Sign Language users, power wheelchairs, accessibility training and employer preparedness programs.

The NFPA Conference & Expo is the premier industry event for fire protection and life safety and attracts more than 5,000 professionals whose work involves code compliance, fire, building and life safety. To learn more, visit www.nfpa.org/conference.

 

Illinois alarm companies urged to reclaim business

As a public fire district exits the fire alarm monitoring business per a judge’s order, IESA says there’s an opportunity to regain customers
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10/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Now that a federal judge has ordered the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District to get out of the fire alarm monitoring business, the state alarm association is encouraging private alarm contractors to once again seek customers there.

NFPA Mobile offers mobile solutions

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10/10/2012

QUINCY, Mass.— The National Fire Protection Association, a nonprofit devoted to enhancing fire safety based here, announced recently the availability of a host of products for mobile devices, according to a press release.

Companies fired up about social media

Experts say a successful social media plan has specific goals, and time needs to be divided between listening, creating and engaging
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08/01/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—In the one year that Stampsco has been active on social media, staff at this small but busy fire company has had to carve out time to figure out how to best use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Typically,” said Rodney Stamps, president of Oklahoma City-based Stampsco, “we have normal business activities during the day, and in the evenings come in and discuss what we’re going to do on social media.”

SimplexGrinnell: ‘Our business will thrive’ with Tyco split

Reorganization will allow SimplexGrinnell to focus on life safety
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06/22/2012

LAS VEGAS—At the National Fire Protection Association’s annual Conference & Expo, held here in June, SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin said Tyco International’s pending split into three publicly traded companies on Oct. 1 will benefit SimplexGrinnell.

New edition of NFPA 72 to be more user friendly

The 2013 version won’t contain the dramatic revisions of 2010, but should make life easier for dealers, installers
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04/18/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Come this fall, you won’t have to flip through the several hundred pages of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, to find documentation requirements. Now, in the new 2013 edition, you’ll find the requirements all laid out for you in one chapter.

Want to be in the know? Come to the NFPA show

Highlights of conference and expo this year include panel discussions on the 2013 edition of NFPA 72
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03/14/2012

QUINCY, Mass.—The 2013 edition of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, will come out this fall. And one of the best ways to learn about content changes in the code is at the 2012 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo this June in Las Vegas, according to Lorraine Carli, VP of communications for the NFPA, based here

Mass notification goes mainstream

Recent interest spurred by factors such as codes and extreme weather
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02/06/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Military installations and college campuses are the two verticals best known for having mass notification systems. However, as that facet of the industry develops and grows, mass notification increasingly is in demand by a more diverse market that includes everything from an ice cream plant to K-12 schools, according to industry experts.

New NFPA conference now in second year

NFPA says Fire & Life Safety Conference so successful last year it’s now an annual event
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09/14/2011

QUINCY, Mass.—Small and personal, more focused and very hands-on.

 

Those words describe the National Fire Protection Association’s second annual Fire & Life Safety Conference, to be held Dec. 12-14 in Orlando, Fla., according to Lorraine Carli, NFPA VP of communications.

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