A lot can go wrong for a contractor who doesn’t follow NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, during an installation, explains Wayne Moore, vice president at Hughes Associates.
“The reaction of contractors still surprises me when I’m at a new construction site and discover a non-compliant installation,” Moore writes in his “In Compliance” column in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal. More often than not, the contractor admits he hasn’t read the code and doesn’t know which edition a particular jurisdiction enforces.
Of course, it’s an easily avoidable mistake, Moore writes. Following the code helps ensure the minimum level of operational reliability for installed fire alarm systems. NFPA also publishes a free read-only version of the complete code online, allowing users to refer to it on their smartphones.
“Those of us more familiar with the code can help make sure contractors and authorities having jurisdiction know the importance of this free-access online version of NFPA 72, available at nfpa.org/72,” Moore writes.
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