Proposed code changes addressing unwanted alarms, alarm systems examined in latest issue of NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on May 8, 2012

NFPA 72Despite a welcome decline in the number of fires in  certain settings over the past 20 years, the number of false alarms over  the same period has been on the rise. The trend, documented through  NFPA research, is of particular concern to the fire service, which is  deciding how best to address the unwanted alarms problem, especially in  commercial settings, while maximizing its resources in a tough economic climate.

Through its code-development process, NFPA has  prompted the fire service to assist with the development of a  standardized solution addressing the problem of commercial building  alarms where there is no working fire. A change to the 2013 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, would allow for a verification of an actual emergency following a fire  alarm signal before the fire department responded to the scene.

In the May/June issue of NFPA Journal, a feature story highlights these and other proposed changes to the new edition of NFPA 72 that takes aim at aspects of alarm use and testing. Topics receiving a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion that become Certified Amending Motions will be discussed during the  Association Technical Meeting, which will be held June 13–14 at NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

Read the feature in the lastest edition of NFPA Journal.

-Fred Durso, Jr.