Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety
According to a report from IMS Research, spending on MNS in North America is expected to rise to $2.1 billion in 2017, up from $1.6 billion in 2013.
Regardless of whether the 2013 edition of NFPA 20 will be applicable to your next project, fire protection engineers need to be aware of the changes to the standard.
Proper commissioning of the fire and life safety features will ensure an on-time building.
Smoke detectors can have a lifecycle of up to 20 years if certain design and installation recommendations are followed and if annual maintenance is performed for each detector. Given the tight budget of many companies in today's economy, a reliable fire system can be one less budget issue and one less concern for the owner, operator, or lessee.
Venture Development Corp., Natick, Mass., developed a market study, “Intrinsic Safety Devices: Global Market Assessment, Sec. Edition”. The market study estimates the total 2006 worldwide shipments for wireless intrinsically safe devices and equipment at $271.5-mil. and predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8%, and reaching $432.7-mil. by 2011.
VaporLok Products LLC, a health and safety company headquartered in Mankato, Minn, has joined the efforts of Wal-Mart to help answer the question of what to do with burned-out fluorescent lamps.