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January 4, 2009

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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 Issue No. 371  ISSN 1554-074X       http://www.etnews.org   1-4-2009  
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Contents 
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- News 
- Journal 
- Employment 
- Seminar Schedule 
- Comments & Acknowledgements 
 
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NEWS 
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New Georgia the 16th State to Implement Carbon Monoxide Detector ...
TopNews - Little Rock,Arkansas,USA
It is mandatory for all new homes in New Georgia to have a carbon 
monoxide detector. The new law would be applicable to all new one and 
two-family homes, ... 
http://topnews.us/content/22005-new-georgia-16th-state-implement-carbon-
monoxide-detector-requirements 
 
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US Safety Consumer Product Safety Commission 
December 30, 2008 Alert #09-717 
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Notifier, of Northford, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 
Notifier Fire Alarm Control Panels ...
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09717.html 
 
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Dozens die in nightclub fire in Bangkok
The Associated Press
... killing at least 61 people as they stampeded to escape the raging 
flames. More than 200 were injured, including 35 foreigners. The cause 
of the fire in ... 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gyUMDHT6JxRa2gpBcfzq
zvdnZ0wAD95E9LEO0 
 
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National Fire Protection Association 
NFPA Journal®, November/December 2008
National Fire Protection Association - Quincy,MA,USA
I added the emphasis to show that the NFPA 72 Technical Committee 
clearly understands that a designer or installer may use different 
methods to meet the ... 
http://www.nfpa.org/publicJournalDetail.asp?categoryID=&itemID=41458&
src=NFPAJournal&cookie%5Ftest=1 
 
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This week I'll see you in Honolulu. 
  
Have fun! 
 
- Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 
 
40 days until "Pitchers and Catchers Report!"
 
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A COMMENT REGARDING LAST WEEK'S NEWSLETTER #370 
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A reader pointed out some misleading information included in last 
week's issue.  This AP article
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jWknRl6oE1qVy8ly3LQF
sL8fkkDAD956172G1 includes a brief description of the different types 
of smoke detectors.  The misleading information is included in the 
last paragraph: 
 
"_ INSTALLATION: Smoke detectors should be mounted on either a wall or 
ceiling, depending on the model. The general rule is there should be a 
working smoke detector on each floor of a home, including the basement. 
Some experts suggest installing the detectors closest to the kitchen 
and bathrooms." 
 
The reader correctly pointed out that installing smoke detectors near 
kitchens and bathrooms is not a good idea and NFPA 72, National Fire 
Alarm Code, agrees: 
 
NFPA 72-2007 5.7.1.9* The location of smoke detectors shall be based 
on an evaluation of potential ambient sources of smoke, moisture, dust, 
or fumes, and electrical or mechanical influences to minimize nuisance 
alarms. 
 
NFPA 72-2007 A.5.7.1.9 Smoke detectors can be affected by electrical 
and mechanical influences and by aerosols and particulate matter found 
in protected spaces. The location of detectors should be such that the 
influences of aerosols and particulate matter from sources such as 
those in Table A.5.7.1.9(a) are minimized. Similarly, the influences 
of electrical and mechanical factors shown in Table A.5.7.1.9(b) 
should be minimized. While it might not be possible to isolate 
environmental factors totally, an awareness of these factors during 
system layout and design favorably affects detector performance. 
 
NFPA 72-2007 A.11.5.1 The installation of smoke alarms in kitchens, 
attics (finished or unfinished), or garages is not normally 
recommended, because these locations occasionally experience 
conditions that can result in improper operation. 
 
Also, Chapter 11 has some suggestions for smoke alarms and smoke 
detectors installed in one- and two-family homes: 
 
11.8.3.5 Specific Location Requirements. 
The installation of smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall comply with 
the following requirements: 
(1) Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be located where ambient 
conditions, including humidity and temperature, are outside the limits 
specified by the manufacturer's published instructions. 
(2) Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be located within 
unfinished attics or garages or in other spaces where temperatures can 
fall below 4°C (40°F) or exceed 38°C (100°F). 
(3) Where the mounting surface could become considerably warmer or 
cooler than the room, such as a poorly insulated ceiling below an 
unfinished attic or an exterior wall, smoke alarms and smoke detectors 
shall be mounted on an inside wall. 
(4) Smoke alarms and smoke detectors installed within a 6.1 m (20 ft) 
horizontal path of a cooking appliance shall be equipped with an 
alarm-silencing means or be of the photoelectric type. 
(5) Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 
914 mm (36 in.) horizontal path from a door to a bathroom containing a 
shower or tub. 
(6) Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 
914 mm (36 in.) horizontal path from the supply registers of a forced 
air heating or cooling system and shall be installed outside of the 
direct airflow from those registers. 
(7) Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 
914 mm (36 in.) horizontal path from the tip of the blade of a ceiling-
suspended (paddle) fan. 
(8) Where stairs lead to other occupied levels, a smoke alarm or smoke 
detector shall be located so that smoke rising in the stairway cannot 
be prevented from reaching the smoke alarm or smoke detector by an 
intervening door or obstruction.
(9) For stairways leading up from a basement, smoke alarms or smoke 
detectors shall be located on the basement ceiling near the entry to 
the stairs. 
(10)* For tray-shaped ceilings (coffered ceiling) smoke alarms and 
smoke detectors shall be installed on the highest portion of the 
ceiling or on the sloped portion of the ceiling within 305 mm (12 in.) 
vertically down from the highest point. 
 

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SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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Contact me regarding seminar sponsorship mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org 
 
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January 12-14, 2009 Honolulu, HI 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AdvFA_Honolulu_Jan2009.pdf 
 
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January 27-29, 2009 Kent, WA 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections 
Intermediate Fire Alarm (NICET I & II)
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_Kent_Jan-2009.pdf 
 
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February 2-3, 2009 Valdez, AK 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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February 3-5, 2009 Newark, NJ 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_Newark_Feb2009.pdf 
 
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February 9-11, 2009 Minneapolis, MN  
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Basic Fire Alarm  
Advanced Fire Alarm (NICET III & IV)
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_AdvFA_Minneapolis_Feb2009.pdf 
 
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February 17-19, 2009 Burbank, CA 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections 
Advanced Fire Alarm (NICET III & IV)
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AdvFA_Burbank_Feb2009.pdf 
 
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February 26-27, 2009 Las Vegas, NV Educode  
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Intermediate Fire Alarm (NICET I & II)
http://www.iccsafe.org/training/EduCode/ 
 
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March 24-26, 2009 Hoffman Estates, IL 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections 
Advanced Fire Alarm (NICET III & IV)
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AdvFA_Chicago_Mar-2009.pdf 
 
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COMMENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
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ET News is written nearly every week and almost always sent on Sunday. 
 
Doug Hockinson built ETNews.org using PHP/MySQL-> http://www.phpvs.com 
 
Purchase new & used codes & standards on line http://tinyurl.com/36zzk 
 
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