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Fire, Life Safety, Security and Emergency Communications

Fire, life-safety, security, and emergency communication devices and systems enable real-time responses to a wide range of emergency situations. Integrated systems typically combine voice communication, computer networking, texting, and other notifications to send the right message to the right people at the right time.

Life-safety protective signaling products include:

  • Audible and visual signals (e.g., bells, horns, speakers, and strobes)
  • Automatic detectors for fire protection and other life safety hazards (e.g., heat, smoke, flame, gas, and biohazards)
  • Fire protective signaling systems, devices, and accessories
  • Paging systems, devices, or accessories, including coded sound and visual type
  • Security signaling systems
  • Smoke, carbon monoxide, and combination alarms

Life-safety protective signaling systems include:

  • Access control
  • Elevator monitor status
  • Fire detection and notification
  • First responder interface
  • Intrusion detection and security
  • Mass notification

NEMA is the principal source of technical, training, and educational information essential for the specification, manufacture, installation, performance, maintenance, and inspection of reliable life-safety products.


  • Develops Standards, codes, and guidelines for fire, life-safety, security, and emergency communication devices and systems, including those developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Code Council (ICC)
  • Promotes awareness of fire and life safety products and systems technologies , including field education and training to state code officials, fire chiefs, and contractors through the NEMA Field Representative program and industry forums
  • Encourages the expansion of fire and life-safety technologies in the National Electrical Code® (NEC), NFPA 72 and 101, and ICC
  • Aligns efforts with fire and life-safety partners to support legislative and regulatory efforts that support favorable state code adoption outcomes
  • Works with certification organizations (e.g., UL, FM, ETL) on issues related to testing, certification, and establishing effective dates for new requirements


  • Airports and seaports
  • Commercial and government buildings
  • Correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Data centers
  • Factories
  • Medical centers
  • Public transit stations
  • Schools and universities


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