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NEMA Publishes NEMA SB 13-2012 Guide for Proper Use of Smoke Detectors in Duct Applications


02/21/2013 1:00PM
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA SB 13-2012 Guide for Proper Use of Smoke Detectors in Duct Applications.
 
This updated guide, aligned with current codes and standards, provides technical information on basic fire alarm systems with a focus on early warning smoke detection devices installed in duct applications. Duct-mounted smoke detectors are designed to provide a specific type of protection that cannot be duplicated by any other type of system. However, there has been a tendency to misapply these devices by attempting to use them as a substitute for an early warning smoke detection system. This fact, coupled with new methods of detecting smoke in ducts, has prompted the writing of this industry guide.
 
NEMA SB 13-2012 is available for download at no charge. A hard copy may be purchased for $25 by visiting global.ihs.com or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (U.S. only) or 303-397-7956 (international). Additionally, NEMA SB 13-2012 can be purchased for $9 on Amazon Kindle™. Other NEMA SB standards can be found on the Amazon Kindle™ NEMA SB homepage. NEMA SB standards will soon be published on iTunes for all users.
 
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

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