In mid-October, the 2013 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, will be available. In it, you will find the definition of the tone signal or system of standard audible notification appliances that are required in fire alarm systems in our children’s schools by both the model building codes and the 2012 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.
A fire alarm system by itself does not suppress a fire, says Wayne Moore in his column “In Concert” in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. But it does sound an evacuation alarm throughout the building to notify the students and faculty of a fire and transmits an alarm to the fire department. In addition, it can automatically close smoke dampers in the HVAC system and release smoke and fire doors, preventing the fire from spreading and reducing smoke in exit pathways.
For more information on how NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 can work together to protect children in school, read the entire column online or in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.