Journal NOW: In the September/October NFPA Journal, “In Compliance” looks at balancing school security and fire protection systems in hostile events

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on Oct 22, 2018
What is the correct approach to balancing security and fire protection systems in a school environment during a hostile event?
That’s the question contributor Wayne Moore poses in the “In Compliance” section of the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.“School officials and authorities having jurisdiction can begin by referencing both NFPA 72â, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Codeâ, and NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security,” Moore writes. “NFPA 72 uses a risk assessment method to determine the voice messages to be used with mass notification systems. Balancing security and fire protection systems in a school environment involves conducting a security vulnerability assessment as outline in the 2018 edition of NFPA 730.”
Moore advises readers that “an ‘easy’ button does not exist for this issue”—but his timely presentation offers a clear overview of the challenges and can help stakeholders formulate important questions to address as they devise plans for their schools and jurisdictions.
Other items in the September/October “In Compliance” section include NFPA 13 sprinkler requirements for office pods, NFPA 101 guidelines for predicting occupant loads in modern office buildings, and a look at NFPA’s electrical codes that help create a triad of electrical safety.