American Alarms Blog

Hotel/Motel Fire Safety

by Adam Jacobs 7/29/2021

Summer is a time when families travel more.  There are some basic tips for fire safety, that will give you peace of mind when you travel.  Here is a brochure from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on hotel and motel fire safety.  Travel safely this Summer!

 

HotelMotelSafety_brochure.pdf (195.68 kb)

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Amazon asked to stop selling smoke detectors

by Adam Jacobs 7/29/2021

Washington fire service organizations are asking Amazon to stop selling smoke alarms that are not properly tested. The Washington State Association of Fire Marshals says Amazon has been made aware of concerns with the unlisted smoke alarms but is still selling them.

Read the full article here:

http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Fire-Marshals-ask-Amazon-to-stop-selling-untested-smoke-alarms-386982331.html

 

Smoke and heat detection has had extensive testing in the United States for decades.  Some of the alarm products discussed here are coming from outside the US, and are not properly tested to US standards before being sold with online retailers.

BEWARE!  Before you buy that smoke detector online and save a few bucks, think about what the lives of your loved ones are worth that it's protecting.  If you have ANY doubts about whether the device will work when it's needed, you should not buy it.  Here are some brands that have been tested for years and proven themselves:

FirstAlert (BRK is also part of this group)

Kidde

Firex

I've personally purchased all of these brands, and believe they will stand behind their products.

 

Smoke detectors save lives, when they work the way they're intended.  That takes lots of testing.  Shop carefully.

 

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Sleep Safe - a little planning goes a long way

by Adam Jacobs 7/29/2021

Tuck has some great information on everything to do with sleep, including fire safety in the bedroom.  Here are a few tips for better safety:

 

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Commercial Wireless Fire Alarm - the pros and cons

by Adam Jacobs 7/29/2021

Wireless fire alarm in a commercial building has had a rocky history.  There were lots of trial and error improvements made, however.  The remaining products are as reliable as wired ones, with all factors considered.

 

Pros of wireless fire alarm devices:

Allows for more flexibility

No wires (except AC power), little wiring labor, no wiremold/conduit

Little chance of ground faults (one of the most common and annoying problems with wired systems)

Little chance of lightning damage (especially if you protect the AC circuit and eliminate the phone lines)

Easily changed (like in multi-tenant buildings where spaces/configurations change often)

Fast installation compared to wired system

Power/battery consumption has improved greatly over the last few years

 

Cons of wireless systems:

Batteries still only last 2-3 years (typically 3V Lithium CR123A type)

Device cost is 2 or more times that of wired devices 

Programming and setup takes longer (but much of this can be done before bringing parts to installation site)

Not every configuration/requirement can be done wireless

Large systems (over 50 devices) become more difficult to do wireless, but are possible

 

After weighing all the factors of your project, be sure you consider wireless fire alarm.  Especially if the project is multi-tenant where the overall system design could change every few months, wireless allows flexibility and lower remodel costs.  

 

*NOTE: Not all local AHJs will approve wireless fire alarms, even though they are acceptable in NFPA.  Be sure you check with your local AHJ before getting too serious about wireless fire alarm.

 

I believe everyone's goal in our industry is to protect as many people as well as we can.  Wireless fire alarm presents some interesting opportunities for challenging design projects.

 

 

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Amazon asked to stop selling smoke detectors

by Adam Jacobs 7/29/2021

Washington fire service organizations are asking Amazon to stop selling smoke alarms that are not properly tested. The Washington State Association of Fire Marshals says Amazon has been made aware of concerns with the unlisted smoke alarms but is still selling them.

Read the full article here:

http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Fire-Marshals-ask-Amazon-to-stop-selling-untested-smoke-alarms-386982331.html

 

Smoke and heat detection has had extensive testing in the United States for decades.  Some of the alarm products discussed here are coming from outside the US, and are not properly tested to US standards before being sold with online retailers.

BEWARE!  Before you buy that smoke detector online and save a few bucks, think about what the lives of your loved ones are worth that it's protecting.  If you have ANY doubts about whether the device will work when it's needed, you should not buy it.  Here are some brands that have been tested for years and proven themselves:

FirstAlert (BRK is also part of this group)

Kidde

Firex

I've personally purchased all of these brands, and believe they will stand behind their products.

 

Smoke detectors save lives, when they work the way they're intended.  That takes lots of testing.  Shop carefully.

 

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