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Fire-Lite's new higher seismic certification gives edge to dealers

Fire-Lite's new higher seismic certification gives edge to dealers

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell announced this month that its current portfolio of life safety systems has earned seismic certification to International Building Code (IBC) standards, and has met the higher testing standards recently mandated by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD).

The critical building systems protecting “essential facilities,” such as hospitals, power plants and transportation hubs, within nearly all levels of seismically active areas across the U.S. are required to prove continued operation following a seismic event. With few systems listed to IBC and OSHPD standards, dealers offering seismic-certified equipment have a competitive advantage, the company said in its May 20 news release.

Following stringent tests performed by a third-party testing laboratory, Fire-Lite Alarms' full line of conventional and addressable fire alarm control panels, power supplies, plus mass notification and voice evacuation systems, earned IBC and OSHPD seismic certification. Tests for IBC required the Fire-Lite equipment to withstand shake-tests equivalent to an earthquake's ground acceleration of SDS=1.9g, while running at full load. Certification to OSHPD standards required similar shake tests, but to a higher ground acceleration of SDS=2.5g due to the adoption of the higher ground acceleration in California.

Fire-Lite has created seismic kits, comprising more robust enclosures, mounting mechanisms and battery brackets, for dealers to put in-place with control panels to meet the requirements of the IBC and OSHPD seismic certifications.

The open, non-proprietary platform of Fire-Lite systems, combined with the reliability needed to acquire seismic certification, arms dealers with a competitive advantage, the company said.

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