NFPA Journal - May/June 2012 - (Page 61)

C E 2012 Signal Concern The large and complex issue of unwanted alarms is the primary focus of changes to the new edition of NFPA 72, along with requirements for testing and maintaining alarm systems and other hot topics. by FRED DURSO, JR. RELATED CONFERENCE SESSIONS The 2013 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code: Panel Discussions of Proposed Changes Monday, June 11, 8–9 a.m., 9:30–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–noon Fire Alarm Basics: A Class for Non-Technical Professionals Monday, June 11, 8–9 a.m. How NFPA Can Help Address Problem Unwanted Alarms Tuesday, June 12, 9:30– 10:30 a.m. DESPITE A WELCOME decline in the number of fires in certain settings over the past 20 years, the number of false alarms over the same period has been on the rise. The trend, documented through NFPA research, is of particular concern to the fire service, which is deciding how best to address the unwanted alarms problem, especially in commercial settings, while maximizing its resources in a tough economic climate. Through its code-development process, NFPA has prompted the fire service to assist with the development of a standardized solution addressing the problem of commercial building alarms where there is no working fire. A change to the 2013 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, would allow for a verification of an actual emergency following a fire alarm signal before the fire department responded to the scene. Other changes to the new edition of NFPA 72 take aim at aspects of alarm use and system ONLINE Review the Report on Proposals, Report on Comments, and NITMAMs for NFPA 72 at For more information on the annual conference and its education sessions, visit ILLUSTRATION: HARRY CAMPBELL MAY/JUNE 2012 NFPA JOURNAL 61

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2012

Nfpa Journal - May/june 2012
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Buzz Words
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Treasurer's Report
Signal Concern
Giant Steps
Sprinklered Menagerie?
Free Samples
Eye on Health Care
Membership: The Sections
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - May/June 2012