As columnist Wayne D. Moore explains in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal®, the cost of installing a fire alarm system may take a backseat to the operational needs and long-term maintenance costs of a system. Fortunately, NFPA codes and standards offer ways of maintaining an alarm system without breaking the bank.
Says Moore, "While it may seem difficult, health care facility directors must stay abreast of the technical improvements to fire alarm system products, as well as changes to the life safety, building, and fire codes, and to NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®. Managers should work closely with system designers to ensure the fire alarm system designs consider their operational needs before seeking installation bids. A proper design can meet these operational needs and reduce long-term maintenance costs."