What is NFPA 72?

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NFPA 72, also known as the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, is a set of standards published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for the installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm and emergency communication systems. NFPA 72 is one of the most widely used fire codes in the United States, and is adopted by many state and local governments.

Inspections and testing of your fire alarm systems are required per NFPA 72. NFPA 72 is enforced by most local jurisdictions, but you should check with your Authority Having Jurisdiction to see if your area has additional requirements. Inspections should be performed by a certified technician. Air & Electrical Services can cover your inspection needs. For more information, click here.

NFPA 72 covers a wide range of fire alarm and emergency communication systems, including:

Fire alarm systems
Supervising station alarm systems
Public emergency alarm reporting systems
Fire warning equipment
Emergency communications systems

The code includes requirements for the design, installation, testing, and maintenance of these systems, as well as requirements for training and personnel. NFPA 72 is updated every three years to reflect the latest advances in technology and fire safety research.

NFPA 72 is an important code for ensuring the safety of people and property in buildings of all types. By following the requirements of NFPA 72, building owners and operators can help to ensure that their fire alarm and emergency communication systems are properly installed, maintained, and tested.

Here are some of the benefits of following NFPA 72:

Reduced risk of fire deaths and injuries. Fire alarm and emergency communication systems can help to save lives by alerting occupants of a fire early and providing them with a way to escape safely.
Reduced risk of property damage. Fire alarm and emergency communication systems can help to reduce property damage by providing early warning of a fire so that firefighters can respond quickly.
Compliance with fire codes. Many state and local governments require that fire alarm and emergency communication systems comply with NFPA 72. Following NFPA 72 can help to ensure that your building is compliant with all applicable fire codes.
Reduced insurance costs. Many insurance companies offer discounts on fire insurance premiums to businesses that have fire alarm and emergency communication systems that comply with NFPA 72.

If you are responsible for the safety of a building, it is important to be familiar with the requirements of NFPA 72. You can find more information about NFPA 72 on the NFPA website.


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