This course is designed to expand and refresh students’ knowledge of the codes and standards that provide regulation and guidance for the electronic security and life safety industry. The course also provides a thorough overview of the various sections of NFPA 70 (2014), also known as the National Electrical Code, that apply to fire alarm systems.
Codes and standards play an important role in today’s life safety industry. There is no choice but to comply with the codes adopted by the jurisdictions in which integrators design and install. As for standards, they must comply with those referenced by the adopted building codes, as well as those specified in the design documents. Although codes and standards are different, one can’t exist without the other in the life safety industry. The purpose of the National Electrical Code is the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. The code will not tell you how to design the needed circuits, nor tell you how to install devices. It assumes you already know this information.
This course will focus on the parts of the code that specifically apply to fire alarm systems. After completing this course, students will be able to define the purpose and the intention of the NEC, identify specific definitions and terms that are fundamental to interpreting all code standards, and understand how this code is used in Fire Alarm installations.
- How standards coordinate team activity and establish or indicate requirements
- The difference between standards and codes
- How compliance to standards reduces liability and can result in fewer false alarms
- The term AHJ and the functions or occupations that may serve as an AHJ
- Overview of NFPA 70
- Chapter 1 – 9
- Annex I – H
- Articles, Paragraphs, and Tables
What to expect in this course: The presentation includes text, audio, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. This course has a short quiz at the end which you will be required to pass with a 70% or greater to complete the course.