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The Trouble With Fire Alarm Language – Part 3 - Panels
2014-04-07

The Trouble With Fire Alarm Language – Part 3 - Panels

In the first part of this blog series, we addressed the words: “Manual Station” as the correct language across North America for this device. In last week's post, I focused on the word “loop”. Now when you hear “loop” casually thrown out in the discussion you will candidly challenge the “loop-perpetrator” with the following:

The Trouble With Fire Alarm Language – Part 2 - “LOOPS”
2014-03-31

The Trouble With Fire Alarm Language – Part 2 - “LOOPS”

In last week's post, I initiated the conversation about our industry’s continued misuse and misapplication of technical language in context with life safety and fire alarm applications across North America. I thought it would be a good idea, to start this discussion with the most familiar device: the "Manual Station".

Updating Industry Language & the Consequences of Misuse
2014-03-24

Updating Industry Language & the Consequences of Misuse

One of my favorite George Carlin Quotes regarding the English language is: “Sometime during my life, toilet paper became bathroom tissue. I wasn't notified of this. No one asked me if I agreed with it. It just happened.”

Safety Considerations When Buying a Condo
2014-03-10

Safety Considerations When Buying a Condo

Most people’s first thoughts when it comes to buying a condo is how much can I afford and what will that get me? Next thoughts are full of square footage, hardwood flooring and a nice view. And while these are all important considerations for a future home most people neglect to consider other important information, such as: how safe will I be here?

10 Simple Steps to Improve Condo Safety
2014-03-03

10 Simple Steps to Improve Condo Safety

Living in a condo is different than living in a detached house, and although some safety tips are the same there are some differences that should be addressed to keep yourself, and the entire building, safe. In this post I’ll go over 10 simple safety tips pertaining specifically to condo living.

Exploring Intelligibility Design in Acoustically Distinguishable Spaces (ADS)
2014-02-24

Exploring Intelligibility Design in Acoustically Distinguishable Spaces (ADS)

Human behaviour life safety researchers tell us that “People are more likely to follow intelligent voice commands rather than act on audible and visual alarm devices.”

NFPA 72 2013: An Update on NFPA Circuit Designations - Part 2
2014-02-18

NFPA 72 2013: An Update on NFPA Circuit Designations - Part 2

In part I of this series, we explored the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 Chapter 12 Circuits and Pathways. We noted that the old “Class” and “Style” assignments have been changed to reflect a performance-based description of fault tolerance using the term “Class” only, with “Style” now being deleted. We provided a few tables that will help you make the transition from the old “Class” and “Style” to the new NFPA 72 Chapter 12 Class A,B C,D,E,R, S and X designations.

Integrated Building Solutions for the High Rise Residential Market
2014-02-10

Integrated Building Solutions for the High Rise Residential Market

In this week’s internal team webinar (Wednesday, February 12th) we will be discussing the utilization and deployment of Mircom’s many product lines to develop an integrated solution for the high rise residential market.

NFPA 72 2013: An Update on NFPA Fire Alarm Circuit Designations
2014-02-03

NFPA 72 2013: An Update on NFPA Fire Alarm Circuit Designations

In this week’s post, we are going to explore the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 Chapter 12 Circuits and Pathways. As you may recall, Chapter 12 was a new chapter in the 2010 edition of NFPA 72. In earlier editions of NFPA 72, the requirements for circuit performance were limited to Signaling Line Circuits (SLC), Initiating Device Circuits (IDC) and Notification Appliance Circuits (NAC).

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