INDUSTRY NEWS ABOUT FIRE ALARMS
NEW REQUIREMENTS FROM BEXAR COUNTY
All testing and inspection reports are to be send to the web-based ComplianceCenter. If your customers buildings have any of the fire protection systems listed, the test and inspection reports for these systems are now required to be filed electronically.
Go to www.Bexar.org/fm
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AVERAGE AMBIENT SOUND LEVEL
The 2016 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code states the AVERAGE AMBIENT SOUND LEVEL is the root mean square, A-weighted, sound pressure level measurement over a period of time that any person is present, or a 24-hour period, whichever time period is the lesser.
PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE DETECTORS
The 2016 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code states that photoelectric smoke detectors use either Light Obscuration or Light Scattering technology.
The 2013 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code now states that every new fire alarm system shall have a Document box or cabinet. It can be located next to the fire alarm control panel or in a different location that is identified at the fire alarm control. 7.7.2.
TWO PHONE LINES NO LONGER ALLOWED
The 2013 edition of NFPA 72 the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code quietly slipped in a revised list of transmission channels under 18.104.22.168 Digital Alarm Communicator Systems in the Supervising Station Alarm Systems chapter. The section 22.214.171.124.1.4 (A) states that any system employing a DACT shall employ one telephone line and one of the following transmission means: One-way private radio alarm system, Two-way RF multiplex system or a device using a performance based technology. The days of 2 telephone lines are over.
TESTING OF FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
Have your information together BEFORE you TEST:
Completion Documents, 72-13, 7.5
Record of Completion, 72-13, 7.8.2(a)
Owner's Manual and Manufacturer's published instructions for ALL equipment, 72-13,7.5.3(1)
Record Copy of site-specific Software, 72-13, 7.5.7