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Kyle J. Schuler, SET
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Wheelock LED Notification Appliances
Are the new Wheelock LED Series Notification Appliances all They're Cracked up to be? Although the Wheelock LED (Light Emitting Diode) notification appliances are not so new anymore, they still seem to bring up quite the conversations.  Like any new fire al...
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Is a Heat Detector Required for the Elevator Pit
" Are you required to install a heat detector in the bottom of the elevator shaft otherwise known as the  elevator pit ? ".  This is a question that comes up a lot in the fire alarm industry and often has system designers and AHJs (Authority Having Jurisdic...
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Pre-Wire for ADA Adaptability in R2 Occupancies
What does it mean to pre-wire for future ADA adaptability? The International Fire Code or IFC is where we look to find out what fire alarm requirements to follow when designing systems.  Specifically Chapter 9 "Fire Protection Systems".  If we dive deeper i...
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Are Low Frequency Sounders Required by Your AHJ
520 Hz Low Frequency Sounders  "Effective January 1st 2014, audible appliances provided for the sleeping areas to awaken occupants shall provide a low frequency alarm signal that complies with the following:  (1) The alarm signal shall be square wave or pro...
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Duct Smoke Detectors and Sprinkler Monitoring Systems
Duct Smoke Detectors and Dedicated Function Fire Alarm
Systems Definitions: Building Fire Alarm Systems VS. Dedicated Function Fire Alarm Systems Building Fire Alarm System: NFPA 72 2013 3.3.105.4.1 = “A
protected premises fire alarm system that includes an...
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IFC Fire Alarm Design Requirements for Different Occupancy Types
Seek the IFC and AHJ If we take a look at the International Fire Code (better known as the IFC) section 907 we can find the different requirements for fire alarm design within each occupancy group.  Now keep in mind this information is only based on the Int...
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Fire Alarm Requirements for Group R-4 Occupancy
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R-4: (Residential) Systems only need to be monitored if
the facility has 20 + sprinkler heads. A manual fire alarm system (pull stations) and automatic
smoke detection system that activates the occupant notification system (horns,
strobes, sounders, s...
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