Fire/life safety: Notification systems

Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
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Active fire protection and life safety systems are specified to ensure the safety and well-being of building occupants in case of a fire or other emergency. As in most industries, the safety of people comes first and property protection is secondary. Protecting the occupants of the building from the effects of fire is the primary objective; notification systems ensure all occupants are effectively alerted of any threatening events.

Notification appliances must be included in the design to ensure building occupants are notified and safely and efficiently evacuated (if necessary). Understanding which systems are most appropriate for a building is paramount to guaranteeing the safe evacuation of building occupants. 

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code provides design and installation provisions for fire signaling, emergency communication, and mass notification systems. These systems are used not only to notify occupants of fire emergencies, but also cover emergencies such as weather events, terrorist events, and other threats.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the minimum building codes that govern notification systems, such as the International Building Code (IBC) and NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
  • Apply the correct mass notification systems (MNS) to alert the occupants and first responders (including MNS and emergency communication systems).
  • Determine how application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of notification systems will be handled.
  • Explain low-frequency sounder requirements for sleeping areas.    

Presenter: Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, Principal, Arup, Washington, D.C. 

Moderator: Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief and Content Manager, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, CFE Media

Sponsor: Eaton

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