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What is the Difference Between a Fire Alarm Pull-Station and a Manual Call-Point?

Posted by TC LifeSafety on 8/10/2021
As you may know, a manual pull-station is a manual fire alarm initiating device that is activated by pulling a lever. The pulling level can be designed to have a single-action mechanism or a dual-action mechanism. With most dual-action types, the user has to lift a cover or plate up firstly, then pull down on the lever, as a second motion.

What Are the Different Kinds of Fire Detection Systems and How Do They Vary?

Posted by TC LifeSafety on 7/16/2020
What Are the Different Kinds of Fire Detection Systems and How Do They Vary? Although fire detection systems are often overlooked, they are essential for business premises. They are designed to protect and preserve property, occupants, operations,

Why Emergency Lighting Is Important

Posted by Rhonda on 5/26/2020
Why Emergency Lighting Is Important The last time you sat in a movie theater, you may have noticed exit signs illuminated in the darkness. Under  OSHA regulations , a commercial building must have an  emergency lighting system  in

Are Manual Pull Station Covers OK to use?

Posted by David Petersen on 11/8/2019 to Tech Tips
We are often asked if the Protective covers offered by companies like Safety Technology, Inc. are “legal” or “against code”. The short answer is no, they are perfectly acceptable in NFPA 72 the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. These units are intended to protect the stations from both damage and malicious activations.

End of Life and Testing Carbon Monoxide and UV/IR Detectors

Posted by David Petersen on 8/28/2019 to Tech Tips
The End of Life for the detectors we are most familiar with (Smoke Detectors) comes in two ways generally. Either they get locked into a continuous state of alarm because they are dirty or, as in the case of all residential Smoke Alarms the code says 10 years and out. System Smoke Detectors are tested at least once a year and can last 20 or more years with proper maintenance.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors and Ultraviolet/Infrared (UV/IR) Detectors do not have the same chance at longevity. The life expectancy of either of these devices is generally 5 - 7 years. 

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