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Potter: Sprinkler systems last longer with nitrogen

Research shows using nitrogen generator instead of an air compressor for dry and pre-action systems means less corrosion
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03/11/2014

ST. LOUIS—A new Potter Electric Signal Co. study shows that replacing air with nitrogen as the supervisory gas in dry and pre-action sprinkler systems dramatically reduces rust and makes the systems last more than five times longer.

Minn. fire company wins sprinkler contracts worth more than $1.25m

About 25 percent of the business of Brothers Fire Protection, a complete life safety company, also comes from fire alarm and security work
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02/26/2014

ELK RIVER, Minn.—Brothers Fire Protection, a complete life safety solutions company, in February announced it had won two big sprinkler jobs totaling more than $1.25 million—one at a student housing complex and one at an Air Force base.

New front in Illinois fire monitoring battle

Proposed legislation would allow public fire districts back into monitoring business after a court ordered them out of it
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02/26/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Just as Illinois fire protection districts are shutting down their fire monitoring programs because of a federal court ruling saying such public entities aren’t authorized to be that business, proposed new state legislation would grant the districts that authority.

IPGSM solution touted for reliability, cost savings

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02/24/2014

PATTERSON, N.J.—Spotty telephone service in this area is a major reason why Luis Rodriguez, a fire alarm specialist and lead technician at High End Electric, recommended a more reliable Honeywell Power IPGSM-4G solution for a café here.

False alarms, MNS to be features of SupDet 2014

Those are among topics of interest to installers at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 18th annual event
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02/19/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet) will take place March 4-7 this year and includes sessions useful for installers, such as ones on nuisance alarms and mass notification.

Fatal Quebec fire renews call for sprinklers in old age homes

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02/14/2014

MARKHAM, Ontario—A fire at a retirement home in Quebec on Jan. 23 that killed an estimated 32 residents has spurred renewed calls for the government to mandate the retrofit of sprinklers into existing old age homes.

Fire monitoring in Illinois trending in industry’s favor

Still, some communities won’t bow to federal court decision saying public fire districts can’t be in alarm monitoring business
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02/12/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The Lemont Fire Protection District is ending its fire alarm monitoring program, citing a recent federal appeals court decision saying public entities can’t monopolize such monitoring.

Proposed NYC fire law would require ECS in high-rises

It’s prompted by a fire fatality that might have been prevented if an emergency communications system had been in place
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01/22/2014

NEW YORK—The city may mandate emergency communications systems in buildings higher than six stories after a man died in a high-rise fire this month while trying to escape down a smoke-filled stairway instead of remaining safely in his apartment.

Professional smoke alarm maintenance mandated in care facilities

Ontario also passes CO legislation, was first to require sprinklers in homes
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01/20/2014

MARKHAM, Ontario—New public safety legislation will benefit Ontario residents and the fire alarm industry, according to Steve Clemens, the executive director of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association, based here.

Fike’s new president touts company’s new green solution

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01/17/2014

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.—Fike, a global fire and life safety solutions provider based here, is starting the new year with a new president: Brad Batz.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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