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September 2018 www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / Security Dealer & Integrator 77 MORE CAMERAS. LONGER RETENTION. SMALLER FOOTPRINT. BE T TER ECONOMICS. Pivot3 delivers better storage efficiency, performance, resilience and retention times, all at superior pricing and total cost of ownership than NVRs or traditional IT infrastructure solutions. Support more cameras, devices, applications and data on a smaller footprint with optimal economics. Intelligent Infrastructure for a Safer, Smarter World. To learn more, visit us at GSX Booth #2471 or visit www.Pivot3.com Request information: www.SecurityInfoWatch.com/10214659 4. e person providing your plans does not indicate on the submittal drawings which devices and appli- ances that are to be considered as "supplementary." Examples of a supplementary device would be an outdoor audible appliance indicating sprinkler waterflow that also includes a flashing strobe light; or, strobes added to work areas such as warehouses or other strictly-work areas. Smoke detectors – except the one at the FACP – are usually supplementary in buildings where no one is sleeping. Errors on Monitored Sprinkler Systems 1. You do not include testing of the sprinkler water flow alarm switch(es) in a Testing & Inspection quote. Right in NFPA 72, on the T&I form, it clearly states that testing this switch falls within the domain of the licensed/qualified fire alarm system installer. It is easy, and it is your job – so do it. 2. You accept work that your employees are not suited to perform. It is not worth the loss of confidence by your customer if they see you struggling to figure out what to do while on the job site. Lack of Education 1. No one takes code update classes so that you can keep up on new requirements that affect your alarm company. Without knowledge of new codes, your company might be still using two telephone lines and installing digital communicators, for example. 2. You do not offer a mobile app that enables the customer to have more control and responsibility for their own system. You are a fire alarm technician, so keep up with current technology and charge your customers accordingly for these conveniences. 3. Failure to provide regular safety meetings for all employees. Without regular safety meetings, you may someday find yourself at a worker's compensation hearing; or worse, as an OSHA violation. 4. Failure to Document. In the cir- cumstances above, you will regret it if you have not taken the time to create and document compliance. ■ » Greg Kessinger has been SD&I's fire alarm and codes expert and a regular contributor for more than 15 years. Please email him your fire & life safety questions for potential inclusion in this column at greg@firealarm.org.

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