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NFPA program ensures documents are real deal

New authenticity stamp gives assurance digital copies of NFPA codes and standards have not been altered
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04/10/2013

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.

NFPA debuts authenticity program

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03/28/2013

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.

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act: Still pending after all these years

First proposed in 2003, Congress has yet to pass the measure, even though it has broad support
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03/25/2013

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.

Silent Knight to host fire alarm seminars

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03/15/2013

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Silent Knight by Honeywell will host 15 seminars throughout the U.S., according to a company statement.

Should you dread a UL audit?

Not if you’ve done your homework and you know what to expect, two specialists tell the CSAA
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02/05/2013

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?

Telguard communicator meets 2013 NFPA 72 requirements

Does the new sole-path communications requirement mean more opportunities for dealers?
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02/04/2013

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.

For school shootings, first response should be ECS

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01/16/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The nation’s schools need to be armed—with emergency communication systems.

Should NFPA 730 go from guide to code?

SIA says no because of concerns about liability and the expense of retraining installers
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11/28/2012

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.

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.

 

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