Standards and Fire/Life Safety Committee has
had a busy year ensuring that the electronic security industry’s interests are
represented in the various standard and code-making
engines. In an effort to keep the membership informed, below is a list of areas
we are focused on and need your help with.
NFPA 731: Deadline for
NITMAM Submittal is Aug. 23
The committee is currently keeping an eye on
NFPA 731 – Premise Security, regarding battery backup for burglary systems. The
minimum backup requirement is being changed from 4 hours to 24 hours. Based on
UL requirements, commercial systems need to have 4 hour battery backups.
Currently the committee recommends keeping with the UL requirement.
IMPORTANT: Document 731 is going to close for NITMAM submittal on
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. If you have any concerns you want to be addressed by the
Technical Committee, you will need to submit a Public Input/Comment before that
To submit a Public Input/Public Comment, please log in at www.NFPA.org; select the Document Information Page for
which you wish to submit Public Input/Public Comment; and click "Submit
Public Input online" or 'Submit Public Comment online."
If you have any additional questions regarding NFPA 731, please contact
Michelle Yungblut at Michelle.Yungblut@ESAweb.org.
Volunteers Needed for NFPA
volunteers to represent ESA as a primary or alternate on the following NFPA
70 - NEC-P03 — Code-Making Panel 03
101 - SAF-AAC — Technical Correlating
Committee on Safety of Life
72 - SIG-AAC — Signaling Systems for the
Protection of Life and Property
720 - SIG-CAR — Carbon Monoxide Detection
72 - SIG-ECS — Emergency Communication
72 - SIG-FUN — Fundamentals of Fire Alarm
72 - SIG-HOU — Single and Multiple Station
Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems
72 - SIG-IDS — Initiating Devices for Fire
72 - SIG-NAS — Notification Appliances for
Fire Alarm Systems
72 - SIG-PRO — Protected Premises Fire
72 - SIG-SSS — Supervising Station Fire
72 - SIG-TMS — Testing and Maintenance of
Fire Alarm Systems
you are interested in serving as an ESA representative, please contact Vice
President of Training & Certification Michelle Yungblut at Michelle.Yungblut@ESAweb.org.
Update on the Status of
now, NFPA 730 will remain a guide. Thanks to everyone for your support; we will
continue to monitor this.
Other Issues Currently
committee is keeping watch on proposals that involve wireless devices being
able to send panics to 911 dispatches. If there is going to be code developed,
we will ensure we are involved to ensure they do not have adverse effects on
the industry or the safety of the public
Also, the committee is monitoring the progress of NFPA 72 Chapter 26 –
Supervising Station Fire Alarm Systems. The proposal was made for dialer timer
test moving from every 24 hours to every 6 hours. We do not think this is a
good idea for the industry, since it will cause undue burdens and provide few
benefits. We have representatives on the committee, and are keeping an eye on
this and have representatives on the committee. We do not think this is a good
idea for the industry as it will cause undue burdens with little benefits.