Buildings requiring automatic detection or suppression systems.
Requirements. These systems consist primarily of manual pull
stations and fire alarm indicating devices. Automatic alarm initiating
devices such as detectors and water flow alarms shall be connected to these
systems when provided. Fire alarm systems shall be connected to a central
alarm location, fire department, or alarm monitoring location. Building fire
alarm evacuation systems shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 72. Fire
alarm systems shall be independent, stand-alone systems which are not an
integral part of a security, an Energy Monitoring and Control System (EMCS),
or other systems. Fire alarm systems may be connected to security systems or
an EMCS for monitoring purposes only, but shall in no way rely on any
components of those other systems for operation.
Existing fire alarm systems which are controlled by an
Requirements of the UFAS and ADA. Placement and installation of
audiovisual warning devices shall be in accordance with the UFAS and the ADA.
Automatic Fire Detection Systems
Applications. Fire detection systems shall be provided in areas
required by this handbook and should be limited to these applications.
Detection systems shall be provided in areas requiring fire detection by NFPA
standards and specific criteria contained herein.
Requirements. Fire detection systems shall conform to the
applicable provisions of NFPA 72, the UFAS and the ADA. Detection systems
shall be arranged to alert building occupants and to transmit a signal to a
constantly attended location. Fire detection systems shall be independent,
stand-alone systems which are not an integral part of a security system, an
EMCS, or other systems. Fire detection systems may be connected to security
systems or an EMCS for monitoring purposes only, but shall in no way rely on
any components of those other systems for operation.
Existing fire detection systems which are controlled by an
Detection Systems. Detection systems, especially smoke detection
systems, require significant maintenance. It is critical that the required
detectors are properly installed and maintained. Providing detectors in
locations that are not required increases the already high maintenance costs
of alarm systems and strains the maintenance program for critical detection
systems. If a facility warrants protection and criteria does not require
detection, protection should be accomplished by sprinkler protection,
preferably wet pipe sprinklers which provide superior protection with little