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NFPA against proposal to allow fire extinguishers in kitchens in lieu of fire sprinklers

The group says proposed change in the International Residential Code could cost lives
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04/23/2013

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.

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.

UTC sued over employee education incentive plan

A former UTC Fire & Security engineer is among those claiming the company unfairly denied stock awards to laid-off employees
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04/03/2013

HARTFORD, Conn.—United Technologies Corp., based here, is facing a federal class-action lawsuit that claims the company reneged on stock awards it promised some employees for furthering their education.

Municipal fire-monitoring fight continues in Illinois

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04/03/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Another front in the battle in Illinois over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring opened up recently when the village of Westmont approved an ordinance requiring all businesses to connect their fire alarms to its emergency dispatch center.

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.

More states looking at requiring CO detectors in schools

SIA says recent incident at an Atlanta school highlights need
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03/20/2013

SILVER SPRING, Md.—A carbon monoxide leak at a school in Georgia in December sent more than 50 students and staff to the hospital—and the Security Industry Association says it also has drawn attention nationwide to the need for CO detectors in schools.

NFPA show: electric car safety, expo on ADA accessibility and additional educational sessions

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03/18/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—The 2013 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo will be held in Chicago in June, and highlights of the show include additional education sessions and an electric vehicle safety showcase that will address safety considerations regarding t

Mammoth Fire to monitor city's non-emergency signals

The Lowell fire distributor, which has a central station, will take on fire service calls city dispatchers can't handle
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03/13/2013

LOWELL, Mass.—Mammoth Fire Alarms, based here, has won a three-year contract to monitor the non-emergency fire signals that wireless fire-alarm boxes are now sending to the city's dispatch center.

Customers like non-proprietary systems, Interactive says

Clients want the option of choosing from a variety of service providers
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03/05/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—More and more customers want non-proprietary fire systems in order to have more choice when it comes to maintenance and service, according to Mike White, fire alarm account manager for Interactive Systems, a security and fire company based here.

Expertise of fire/security integrators can enhance school safety

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03/04/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Post-Sandy Hook, fire and security integrators should take the initiative and guide school officials in choosing the right emergency communications solutions, Jeff Martinez, Northeast regional sales manager for Telecor, said in a recent conference call.

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SSN News Poll November 2014

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's CEDIA Expo is a home technology trade show with products and training related to audio, video, control, security and networking—and it's growing. CEDIA says the 2014 event, held Sept. 10-13 in Denver, had more than 18,500 attendees, an increase of 3 percent, and floor space increased 14 percent for the 480 exhibitors. But is this show growing in importance for the security industry? Tell us what you think.

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