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Design to the Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72-2010

Thomas Mason, P.E.

This three hour course discusses the concepts, equipment selection and graphic representation of typical life-safety fire alarm systems for offices, stores, churches, apartment houses, schools, institutions and factories, except high-hazard. The key principles are the basic guidelines of the Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72-2010) for normal applications and some warning in cases that require special attention. This course does not replace a NICET certificate or a PE license. The course does not address residential fire alarms.

The revision for the 2010 Code continues the 2007 edition change giving precedence to notification for toxic, weather, natural disaster and terrorist hazards over fire alarm. The book has been re-organized with a separate chapter for Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) which includes fire alarms but is much broader in scope and application. New technology is discussed, including more on CCTV-based systems and wavelength sensitivities of radiant detectors. Characteristics of a smoke plume and ceiling jet are discussed to aid understanding of detector placement rules.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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