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Introduction to Fire Alarm & Detection Systems

A. Bhatia, B.E.

Fire alarm systems are normally required by building codes. In the case of new buildings, this is usually accomplished through the adoption of building regulations. In existing buildings, fire alarm systems may be required by municipal or provincial fire code provisions or by special provincial acts or municipal bylaws directed at specific classes of buildings.

Fire alarm systems are often associated only with pull boxes and alarm bells. However, they are usually much more complex. They may include numerous components such as fire detectors, annunciator panels, loudspeakers, telephones, control panels and pull boxes. In addition to the alarm function, fire alarm and detection systems can also actuate other fire safety measures in a building.

This 3- hour course outlines, for the non-expert, the brief descriptions of the major components which go to make up a fire alarm system.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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