New Florida fire codes require changes to all Florida buildings by 2022.
The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code 72 (NFPA) has revised the Section 14.4.9 Public Emergency Alarm Reporting Systems.
The changes require emergency power source testing. “Emergency power sources other than batteries should be tested at least weekly. Testing should also include the operation of the power source to supply the system from a continuous period of 1 hours and should require simulated failure of the normal power source.”
If you own a public building, you should know that all commercial buildings must have adequate emergency frequency radio coverage for emergency response personnel. Be sure your building meets code requirements by conducting formal inspections by a qualified inspector. If there are coverage issues, then it is required that emergency frequency amplification systems be installed. A bi-directional amplifier (BDA) is a signal booster that sustains two-way radio communications throughout a facility, including in stairwells, underground tunnels, parking garages, and other isolated areas.
This revision also outlines additional provisions for building owners who operate communications centers.
If you need any assistance getting your building in compliance with these changes or any other training services, let us here at Safety Solutions and Supply help you. Give us a call today 866-537-2262.
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