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by DownsLife+Safety
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Are pull stations basically leftovers from a time when smokes/heats were not common?
Replies: 27
Views: 587

Re: Are pull stations basically leftovers from a time when smokes/heats were not common?

In Canada, our rules are different. Pull stations have to be at every classified entrance and exit. This is how I like it. :-) NFPA 72 (2019) seems to address this too in 17.15.9.4: Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of each exit doorway on each floor. But it seems ...
by DownsLife+Safety
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Are pull stations basically leftovers from a time when smokes/heats were not common?
Replies: 27
Views: 587

Re: Are pull stations basically leftovers from a time when smokes/heats were not common?

I'd guess so. Under some circumstances, pull stations can be omitted if the building is fully covered by an automatic sprinkler system. I personally have issues with having no means of activating the fire alarms manually, though. I think my state does allow for such cases to be used but it won't be ...
by DownsLife+Safety
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Do elevator cars ever have smoke detectors or sprinklers inside them?
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Do elevator cars ever have smoke detectors or sprinklers inside them?

You are more than likely to find those devices in elevator shafts and control rooms - not in the elevators themselves.
by DownsLife+Safety
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Simplex 4030 at schools
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Simplex 4030 at schools

I doubt it at this point in time. The Simplex 4030 is generally a standalone device so it would not be mounted on a light plate compared to the Simplex 4050. Also, you would seldom see this horn being used in most schools today. Many schools have updated their fire alarm systems so that it uses DC p...
by DownsLife+Safety
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: How had fellow classmates reacted to their first time hearing Voice Evac?
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: How had fellow classmates reacted to their first time hearing Voice Evac?

So interesting story to mine. In our drama class, we had a guest alumni teach a choreography session. We were working on warm ups with some music when the fire alarm sounded - the standard Potter EVAX tone and message . A lot of people including me initially thought the alarm to be some wierd remix ...
by DownsLife+Safety
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Should it be illegal to install horns in small rooms the size of a walk in closet?
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: Should it be illegal to install horns in small rooms the size of a walk in closet?

Oh, I forgot that some rooms have equipment that tends to be pretty noisy under normal operation. That could be a warrant to put a horn in that particular room to meet the requirements of NFPA. For example, an electrical room that's about the size of a walk-in closet has lighting equipment that's ab...
by DownsLife+Safety
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Should it be illegal to install horns in small rooms the size of a walk in closet?
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: Should it be illegal to install horns in small rooms the size of a walk in closet?

I do recall there's something in the code that states that an alarm cannot exceed a certain dB (I believe it's 120). So yes, under certain conditions, an audible device cannot be installed in a small room you described. But keep in mind that room size only plays a partial role in whether or not a ro...
by DownsLife+Safety
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone ever talked to a fire alarm technician about their interest in fire alarms
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Has anyone ever talked to a fire alarm technician about their interest in fire alarms

I've talked with a worker from NFPA if that counts. She was very friendly and even offered to have me visit the technical committee if I happen to come to Massachusetts. Otherwise, my parents are looking into getting me in contact with FPEs and insurance providers since a building I attend frequentl...
by DownsLife+Safety
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: why do we have to do fire drills once a month
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

Re: why do we have to do fire drills once a month

I think the more drills schools do the more distrust of the fire alarm teenagers have, they'll end up ignoring the signals. I've heard that the point: they'll treat every alarm as a drill, then only find out later it's an actual fire. Not sure if that's true though since that's pretty risky and (li...
by DownsLife+Safety
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: why do we have to do fire drills once a month
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

Re: why do we have to do fire drills once a month

Lockdown drills are a lot more disruptive and take longer than fire drills which is why they aren't done with a lot of frequency. Plus if there was one done once a month, eventually students would stop taking it seriously like how they do with fire drills and THAT would be a tragedy. Do you think t...
by DownsLife+Safety
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone ever brought a fire alarm to school
Replies: 17
Views: 763

Re: Has anyone ever brought a fire alarm to school

I've brought my fire alarms for a civics "mock trial" project where I was accused of tampering and stealing fire alarm equipment from my school.
by DownsLife+Safety
Thu May 02, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: why do we have to do fire drills once a month
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

Re: why do we have to do fire drills once a month

Our Lady of the Angels School is why. A fire in the 1950's killed almost 100 children because nobody knew what to do in case of a fire, end result of that incident was mandated fire drills in the fire codes. There are very few other codes like the fire codes... and lock down doesn't really apply to...
by DownsLife+Safety
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: School Bell & PA Systems
Replies: 58
Views: 15789

Re: School Bell & PA Systems

Is there a list of all possible Rauland Telecenter ICS tones you can choose? I'm talking about the ones where you can dial #3[tone]* and it plays that tone selected over the intercom. I recently got a hold of all the Rauland Telecenter ICS and ICS2 tones in .wav format. There are 9 Time Tones and I...
by DownsLife+Safety
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: School Bell & PA Systems
Replies: 58
Views: 15789

Re: School Bell & PA Systems

Is there a list of all possible Rauland Telecenter ICS tones you can choose? I'm talking about the ones where you can dial #3[tone]* and it plays that tone selected over the intercom.