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CO poisonings in two states may lead to expanded detector requirements

Ensuring safety with CO detectors need not be costly, fire alarm companies say
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03/12/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Calls to expand mandates for carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings in New York and Maine have resulted from recent cases in those states of poisonings by the deadly gas—one of them fatal.

Proposed NYC fire law would require ECS in high-rises

It’s prompted by a fire fatality that might have been prevented if an emergency communications system had been in place
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01/22/2014

NEW YORK—The city may mandate emergency communications systems in buildings higher than six stories after a man died in a high-rise fire this month while trying to escape down a smoke-filled stairway instead of remaining safely in his apartment.

Benevolence benefits business, N.Y. fire company finds

Briscoe Protective Systems says its various programs to aid nonprofits not only helps them but brings referrals
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12/31/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Being good to nonprofits is also good for business. That’s what Briscoe Protective Systems, an engineered systems fire and security company based here, has found in offering cost-effective products and services to nonprofit agencies, ranging from extended warranties to free training classes.

Firing up residential security companies

Getting into commercial fire can carry lucrative benefits for security companies but they should know the liabilities too
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12/20/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Today’s security alarm dealers face tough competition from new players like telecoms and cablecos and DIY products sold by big box retailers. So it makes sense for dealers to expand into the lucrative fire alarm market—as long as they gain an understanding of the requirements and liabilities of that code-driven business.