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NFPA show offers wide variety of choices


WAUNAKEE, Wis.—Carter Rierson, president of Best Defense Security & Fire Protection, said attending the National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Expo for the first time this year will be like being “a kid in a candy store.”

New CO laws lead to more detector demand


ST. CHARLES, Ill.—A new Washington state law that went into effect Jan. 1 mandates carbon monoxide detectors in new single-family homes and all new and existing apartments and rental houses.

Illinois advocate is home sprinkler champion

NFPA recognizes Tom Lia for his work getting communities to adopt sprinkler requirements

QUINCY, Mass.—This year marked the fifth year the National Fire Protection Association has held its annual Fire Sprinkler Summit—and the first year the organization gave out a Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award.

Missouri company still growing, evolving at 50

Tech Electronics becomes regional player

ST. LOUIS—Tech Electronics is a half a century old but had a growth spurt in the past three years, adding four new offices and expanding to nearby states to become a regional company.

Las Vegas installer likes ‘green’ solution

Communication Electronic Systems’ executive says Cooper Notification’s new speakers with LED strobe and hi-fi sound good for ECS and more

LAS VEGAS—A new Cooper Notification solution that combines an LED strobe with high-fidelity sound in speakers that save energy and are so intelligible they can be used not only for emergency messaging, but for general paging and background music, is a boon to dealers, according to Josh Claunch of Communication Electronic Systems.

NFPA against proposal to allow fire extinguishers in kitchens in lieu of fire sprinklers

The group says proposed change in the International Residential Code could cost lives

QUINCY, Mass.—A proposal to exempt homes with just a fire extinguisher in the kitchen from an International Residential Code requirement that all new homes have fire sprinklers is tragically misguided, according to a spokeswoman for the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative.

NFPA program ensures documents are real deal

New authenticity stamp gives assurance digital copies of NFPA codes and standards have not been altered

QUINCY, Mass.—Installers putting in a fire alarm system know that lives and property—and their own business reputations—depend on their getting it right. But they can’t do that if the documents they rely on for codes and standards are wrong.

UTC sued over employee education incentive plan

A former UTC Fire & Security engineer is among those claiming the company unfairly denied stock awards to laid-off employees

HARTFORD, Conn.—United Technologies Corp., based here, is facing a federal class-action lawsuit that claims the company reneged on stock awards it promised some employees for furthering their education.

Municipal fire-monitoring fight continues in Illinois


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Another front in the battle in Illinois over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring opened up recently when the village of Westmont approved an ordinance requiring all businesses to connect their fire alarms to its emergency dispatch center.

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act: Still pending after all these years

First proposed in 2003, Congress has yet to pass the measure, even though it has broad support

QUINCY, Mass.—The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently launched an online letter campaign in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, which is expected to come before Congress again in 2013, 10 years after it was first proposed.



SSN News Poll November 2015

Security industry executives need to make careful decisions about attending tradeshows and conferences. Time away from the office needs to be worth the time and money. How do you decide which events to attend?

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