Showing posts with label Fire Code. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fire Code. Show all posts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

White Paper: ‘Means of Egress’ Summary of NFPA Code Requirements

As most of you are involved in facility management know, fire code figures heavily in the area of access control. Unless you follow fire code, not only will your project be in jeopardy, but you may be subject to fines and penalties. In Ohio, commercial businesses and government institutions are subject to the Ohio Basic Building Code, which is based in National Fire Code (NFC), published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the various codes published by the International Code Council (ICC).

In an effort to assure your continued success, Electronic Systems Consultants LLC is offering a white paper on the implementation and fire code considerations concerning access control systems. This white paper, entitled ‘Means of Egress’ Summary of NFPA Code Requirements (A practical ‘How To’ guide to installing code compliant access control systems utilizing magnetic locks), is the product of Camden Door Controls in conjunction with Al Colombo, ESC's social media/web director. This paper is NFPA 72, 2010, compliant, which is the code of choice at this time in Ohio.

Please fill out the form below to receive your copy of this valuable resource. You will be added to our mailing list for periodic updates via email.

John Larkin, Senior Partner

Use this handy form to receive your own copy of Means of Egress Summary of NFPA Code Requirements. You will receive an email with directions on how to download this document.

Or send an email to with "egress white paper" in the subject line. Thank you.




Friday, January 2, 2015

Fire Code and Fire Alarm Testing and Inspections

It's natural for our customers to have questions about the sophisticated electronic systems they use everyday and I consider it the responsibility of Electronic Systems Consultants to answer them for you. The following question concerns fire alarm testing and inspections. If you have questions of your own, please send them to ESC using our Contact Us page.

We have a fire alarm system and the local fire inspector says we have to have it inspected. Can we inspect it ourselves? What's involved in doing an inspection?

No, you cannot perform your own fire alarm inspection, unless you have an employee on staff that has a State of Ohio fire alarm license.
"Personnel, either individually or through their affiliation with an organization that is registered, licensed, or certified by a state or local authority, shall be recognized as qualified and experi4endced in the inspection, testintg, and maintenance of systgems address within the scope of this code." (NFPA 72, Section 10.5.3)
Per the fire code, all fire alarm systems must have an annual inspection of the system to ensure all field devices (smoke, heat and duct-type smoke detectors, manual pull stations, and audible/visual notification devices) are in good working order and can respond in case of emergencies.

An inspection also must be performed on the fire alarm panel to ensure all wiring is in good working condition and back-up batteries are ready to support the fire alarm system in case of loss of primary power. All of these inspections must be done by a state certified technician that holds a state alarm license to perform inspection, testing, and maintenance.

You can find additional information on our website on the ESC Inspection Services page. If you have additional questions, please call the office at 614-754-1393 or feel free to contact me at any time using the Contact Us page. I and the ESC staff are at your disposal.

John Larkin, Senior Partner
Electronic Systems Consultants