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Life Safety Systems Guides and Manuals Fire Detection, Alerting and Signaling

Ideal for Designers, Installers, Code Officials, Owners and Users of Fire and Life Safety Systems

These documents are available for your use as a service from NEMA’s Section 3SB that focuses on Fire Safety, Emergency Communications, and Life Safety Systems. The codes, Standards and technologies in the Life Safety Industry are constantly changing; NEMA has educational materials available for you to stay current. The available publications have been prepared by Industry Leaders in Fire Safety and Life Safety

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NEMA SB 1-2014—Quality Informational Guide for Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
Provides guidance to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for establishing programs to ensure highly reliable fire detection and alarm systems in his or her community. This document contains a recommended model ordinance to assist AHJ through improving the reliability of existing systems, including dealing with false, or nuisance, alarms.

NEMA SB 2-2010—Training Manual on Fire Alarm Systems
Covers terminology, basic theory of operation, installation details, system start-up techniques and general maintenance of fire alarms, and is intended to be used as source material for the fire service, fire marshals and all fire alarm sales, design and installation organizations. It is ideal as a reference guide and can be used in a classroom setting for learning about fire alarm systems.

NEMA SBP 2-2014—Multi-Criteria Detectors (MCD)
Provides an introduction to the next evolution in life-saving early warning smoke and fire detection

NEMA SBP 3-2011—The Changing Communications within Fire Alarm System Reporting
The requirements of NFPA 72 for fire alarm system communications between a protected premises fire alarm system and the supervising station have kept up with technology in some ways and have been left behind in other ways.

NEMA SBP 5-2015—Considerations in Planning Code Call Implementation in Health Care Facilities
This document is intended to assist facility developers and owners in designing a code call system and associated call handling processes, with the purposes of optimizing response time and complying with regulatory requirements.

NEMA SB 7-2013—Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors
Reviews carbon monoxide (CO) detection devices including single and multiple station CO alarms and system-connected CO detectors and sensors connected to a control unit.

NEMA SB 11-2011—Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors
Provides information about applications of smoke detectors used in conjunction with fire alarm systems. Outlines operating characteristics of detectors and environmental factors that aid or prevent their operation.

NEMA SB 13-2012—Guide for Proper Use of Smoke Detectors in Duct Applications
Provides information concerning the proper use of smoke detectors in duct applications.

NEMA SB 20-2015―Guide to Understanding Smoke Control Systems
This guide is intended to offer a general understanding of smoke control systems to individuals who have a need or desire for solid basic information but do not need the in-depth knowledge necessary to design smoke control systems.

NEMA SB 40-2015—Communications Systems for Life-Safety in Schools
Covers the application, installation, location, performance,​ and maintenance of school communications systems and their components associated with the life safety of students, faculty, administrative staff and all other occupants affiliated with educational facilities.

NEMA SB 50-2014—Emergency Communications Audio Intelligibility Application Guide
Assists specifiers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction with the concepts and terminology used to enhance intelligibility for emergency voice paging systems.

Guide for Application of Flame Detection - (In Development)
The purpose of this guide is to provide information concerning the proper use and application of Flame Detection.

Brochure —Is Your Home’s Life Safety Up To Date?
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