Northford, Conn., May20, 2014
today announced its currentportfolio of life safety systems has earned
to InternationalBuilding Code (IBC) standards, and has met the higher testing standardsrecently mandated by California's Office of State-wideHealth Planning & Development (OSHPD). The critical building systemsprotecting "essential facilities," such as hospitals, power plants andtransportation hubs, within nearly all levels of seismically-activeareasacross the U.S. are required to prove continued operation following a seismic event.With few systems listed to IBC and OSHPD standards, dealers offeringseismic-certified equipment have a competitive advantage.
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.A wide range of essential facilities in varyinggeographic areas throughout the U.S. require critical systems, such as firealarms, to not only maintain structural integrity during an earthquake, butalso remain operational and continue to carry out their primary functionsfollowing a seismic event (per
2009 IBC 1708.4
2006 IBC 1708.5
). Facilities often deemed as "essential" are:
- Hospitals and other healthcare facilities;
- Fire, rescue and police stations;
- Designated earthquake, hurricane or other emergency shelters;
- 911 communication, data switching, and operation centers;
- Most power generating stations and other public utility facilities;
- Structures containing highly toxic materials;
- Buildings and structures with critical national defense functions;
- Most water treatment facilities;
- Aviation control towers, air traffic control centers, emergency; and
- aircraft hangers and some terminal buildings.
Fire-Lite has created seismic kits, comprising morerobust enclosures, mounting mechanisms and battery brackets, for dealers to putin-place with control panels to meet the requirements of the IBC and OSHPDseismic 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 when compared to other fire alarm, emergency voice and mass notification systems available today.More technical information on Fire-Lite Alarms systems and all applicable listings and certifications can be found on firelite.com. To request a product demonstration or locate a nearby distributor of Fire-Lite Alarms products, contact a Regional Sales Manager.EDITORS NOTE: High- and low-resolution images of the Fire-Lite Alarms seismic certification graphic, as well as a variety of life safety products are available in the online press room.
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