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July 22, 2007

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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Issue No. 298    ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   7-22-2007 
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- News
- ET News Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Seminar Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements 

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NEWS
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NIST WTC Recommendations addressed in new building codes.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release) - New York,NY,USA
July 20, 2007 - Based on recommendations from NIST, building code
changes approved by the ICC address fire resistance and emergency 
evacuation concerns in ...
http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/525304 
 
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UL and FPRF complete study of smoke characterization.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release) - New York,NY,USA
The Smoke Characterization Project followed a 2005 study conducted by 
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that 
indicated fires in ... 
http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/525157 

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Safest Seat on a Plane, Or How to Survive a Crash 
from the law-of-averages dept. 
posted by CowboyNeal on Saturday July 21, @12:34 (Hardware Hacking) 
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/21/1546241 

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I'll see you in San Leandro this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IBC_SanLeandro_July2007.pdf 

Have fun! 
Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 
67057 DL 
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The Current State of Fire Alarm Systems & ADA Accessibility Guidelines 
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ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities

Published in the Federal Register July 23, 2004 and amended 
August 5, 2005.

205 Operable Parts

205.1 General. Operable parts on accessible elements, accessible 
routes, and in accessible rooms and spaces shall comply with 309.

EXCEPTIONS: 1. Operable parts that are intended for use only by 
service or maintenance personnel shall not be required to comply with 
309.

309.4 Operation. Operable parts shall be operable with one hand and 
shall not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. 
The force required to activate operable parts shall be 5 pounds 
maximum.

EXCEPTION: Gas pump nozzles shall not be required to provide operable 
parts that have an activating force of 5 pounds maximum.

308.2 Forward Reach.

308.2.1 Unobstructed. Where a forward reach is unobstructed, the high 
forward reach shall be 48 inches maximum and the low forward reach 
shall be 15 inches  minimum above the finish floor or ground. 

308.3 Side Reach.

308.3.1 Unobstructed. Where a clear floor or ground space allows a 
parallel approach to an element and the side reach is unobstructed, 
the high side reach shall be 48 inches maximum and the low side reach 
shall be 15 inches minimum above the finish floor or ground.

EXCEPTIONS:
1. An obstruction is permitted between the clear floor or ground space 
and the element where the depth of the obstruction is 10 inches 
maximum.
2.  Operable parts of fuel dispensers is permitted to be 54 inches 
maximum measured from the surface of the vehicular way where fuel 
dispensers are installed on existing curbs. 

215 Fire Alarm Systems

215.1 General. Where fire alarm systems provide audible alarm 
coverage, alarms shall comply with 215.

EXCEPTION: In existing facilities, visible alarms shall not be 
required except where an existing fire alarm system is upgraded or 
replaced, or a new fire alarm system is installed. 

215.3 Employee Work Areas. Where employee work areas have audible 
alarm coverage, the wiring system shall be designed so that visible 
alarms complying with 702 can be integrated into the alarm system.

215.4 Transient Lodging. Guest rooms required to comply with 224.4 
shall provide alarms complying with 702.

224.4 Guest Rooms with Communication Features. In transient lodging 
facilities, guest rooms with communication features complying with 
806.3 shall be provided in accordance with Table 224.4.

806.3.1 Alarms. Where emergency warning systems are provided, alarms 
complying with 702 shall be provided.

Table 224.4 Guest Rooms with Communication Features
TOTAL GUEST ROOMS	ROOMS REQUIRING FEATURES
   1  to   25      2
  26  to   50      4
  51  to   75      7
  76  to  100      9
 101  to  150     12
 151  to  200     14
 201  to  300     17
 301  to  400     20
 401  to  500     22
 501  to 1000     5% of the total
1001  and over    50 plus 3 for each 100 over 1000

215.5 Residential Facilities. Where provided in residential dwelling 
units required to comply with 809.5, alarms shall comply with 702.

702 Fire Alarm Systems

702.1 General. Fire alarm systems shall have permanently installed 
audible and visible alarms complying with NFPA 72 (1999 or 2002 
edition) (incorporated by reference, see "Referenced Standards" in 
Chapter 1), except that the maximum allowable sound level of audible 
notification appliances complying with section 4-3.2.1 of NFPA 72 
(1999 edition) shall have a sound level no more than 110 dB at the 
minimum hearing distance from the audible appliance. In addition, 
alarms in guest rooms required to provide communication features shall 
comply with sections 4-3 and 4-4 of NFPA 72 (1999 edition) or sections 
7.4 and 7.5 of NFPA 72 (2002 edition).

EXCEPTION: Fire alarm systems in medical care facilities are permitted 
to be provided in accordance with industry practice.

809.5.1 Building Fire Alarm System. Where a building fire alarm system 
is provided, the system wiring shall be extended to a point within the 
residential dwelling unit in the vicinity of the residential dwelling 
unit smoke detection system.

809.5.1.1 Alarm Appliances. Where alarm appliances are provided within 
a residential dwelling unit as part of the building fire alarm system, 
they shall comply with 702.

809.5.1.2 Activation. All visible alarm appliances provided within the 
residential dwelling unit for building fire alarm notification shall 
be activated upon activation of the building fire alarm in the portion 
of the building containing the residential dwelling unit.

809.5.2 Residential Dwelling Unit Smoke Detection System. Residential 
dwelling unit smoke detection systems shall comply with NFPA 72 (1999 
or 2002 edition) (incorporated by reference, see "Referenced Standards" 
in Chapter 1).

809.5.2.2 Activation. All visible alarm appliances provided within the 
residential dwelling unit for smoke detection notification shall be 
activated upon smoke detection.

809.5.3 Interconnection. The same visible alarm appliances are 
permitted to provide notification of residential dwelling unit smoke 
detection and building fire alarm activation.

809.5.4 Prohibited Use. Visible alarm appliances used to indicate 
residential dwelling unit smoke detection or building fire alarm 
activation shall not be used for any other purpose within the 
residential dwelling unit.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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Contac me to find out how your group can sponsor a seminar. 
mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org 

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July 24-25, 2007 San Leandro, CA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IBC_SanLeandro_July2007.pdf 
 
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July 31 and August 1-2, 2007 Detroit, MI 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_Detroit_Jul2007.pdf 
 
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August 21-23, 2007 San Francisco, CA 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AdvFA_SanFrancisco_Aug2007.pdf 
 
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August 27-29, 2007 San Jose, CA 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_SanJose_Aug2007.pdf 
 
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September 5-6, 2007 San Francisco, CA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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September 11-13, 2007 Conshohocken, PA 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_Conshohocken_Pa_Sep2007.pdf 
 
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September 17-18, 2007 Denver, CO 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Including a review of the Denver building code amendments 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IntFA_PR_IBC_Denver_Sep2007.pdf 
 
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September 24-28, 2007 Boston, MA 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
More info to follow ... 
 
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October 2-5, 2007 Portland, OR 
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Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
More info to follow ... 

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