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AUSTIN TX

  

AUSTIN TX Now Requires Permits for Electric Door Locks

All electric door lock installations require that a building permit be obtained from the Development Services Department (DSD) Commercial Building Plan Review. The use of electric strike locks, electric mortise locks and electrified cylindrical locksets, delayed egress door locks & electromagnetic door locks must allow free egress at all times. If a building has a fire alarm system, these locks must interface with that system.  For more information contact fireprevention@austintexas.gov

TWO PHONE LINES GONE

  

The 2013 edition of NFPA 72 the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code quietly slipped in a revised list of transmission channels under 26.6.3.2 Digital Alarm Communicator Systems in the Supervising Station Alarm Systems chapter. The section 26.6.3.2.1.4 (A) states that any system employing a DACT shall employ one telephone line and one of the following transmission means: One-way private radio alarm system, Two-way RF multiplex system or a device using a performance based technology.  The days of 2 telephone lines are over. 

NEW FROM BEXAR COUNTY

All testing and inspection reports are to be send to the web-based  ComplianceCenter. If your customers buildings have any of the fire protection systems listed, the test and inspection reports for these systems are now required to be filed electronically.

  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Sprinkler
  • Kitchen range hood cleaning
  • Kitchen range hood suppression
  • Fire Extinguisher

Go to www.Bexar.org/fm

AVERAGE AMBIENT SOUND LEVEL

  

The 2016 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code states the AVERAGE AMBIENT SOUND LEVEL is the root mean square, A-weighted, sound pressure level measurement over a period of time that any person is present, or a 24-hour period, whichever time period is the lesser.

PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE DETECTORS

  

The 2016 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code states that photoelectric smoke detectors use either Light Obscuration or Light Scattering technology.

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DOCUMENT BOX

  

The 2013 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code now states that every new fire alarm system shall have a Document box or cabinet.  It can be located next to the fire alarm control panel or in a different location that is identified at the fire alarm control. 7.7.2.

TESTING OF FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS

  

Have your information together BEFORE you TEST:

Completion Documents, 72-13, 7.5

Record of Completion, 72-13, 7.8.2(a)

Owner's Manual and Manufacturer's published instructions for ALL equipment, 72-13,7.5.3(1)

​Record Copy of site-specific Software, 72-13, 7.5.7