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MAR 2019

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Powered By Page 50 SD&I has a NEW NAME! Read more on Page 8 Page 40 March 2019 / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / Security Business 65 CBO must accept this revision – since they have no basis in code to deny the approval. e CBO: He could have recog- nized that the additional equip- ment was, in fact, not required by code and therefore could not be listed as a reason for the owner failing the final inspection. Lessons Learned is regrettable situation could have been avoided at any of sev- eral steps in the months leading up to the eventual showdown with inspectors. First, only qualified, experi- enced and licensed individuals are permitted to design fire alarm systems. In this case, the building owner, architect and Fire Chief decided they were qualified to per- form this function. Additionally, the Fire Chief 's request should have been put in writing for the architect (it wasn't). Second, the architect failed to notify the alarm company or fol- low up in any way for the work that was indicated on the con- struction drawings. If this step had not been skipped, the alarm company would have been able to tell their customer that the devices were not required, and let the owner decide whether or not they should be installed at all – or even choose alternative fire protection. If the architect had followed up, then the alarm company would have had months to prepare draw- ings and submittals. ird, building construction plans usually show fire alarm devices and appliances only to indicate to the CBO and plan reviewer that they realize a fire alarm system is required – the fire alarm permit and design will be submitted for review later in the project. Plans submitted for review and a permit for fire alarm code compliance are different from – and in addition to – the permit required to construct or make an addition to a building. Finally, a knowledgeable inspector would have looked at the documentation showing the devices and recognized that they were not required; as well as known that they had not been reviewed for a fire alarm permit. He would then give the building owner three choices: • Make the building look like the plans; • Make the plans look like the building; or • Neither, in which case a Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued; however, the building owner could always file an appeal. e inspector is required to present the building owner's choice to the CBO. In this case, if the building owner chooses the second option, the CBO would have no choice but to accept and sign the Certificate of Occupancy. If the building owner goes with the first option, the inspector would require a permit and plan approval for any fire alarm work. In the end, the whole story illustrates the importance of keep- ing the lines of communication open at all points along the course of a project. In this case, as is the case for many fire alarm jobs, the fire alarm installer is forgotten about and only contacted about new work late in the game, when drywall is about to be hung – or worse, when a final inspection is about to scheduled. ■ » Greg Kessinger has been the fire alarm and codes expert and a regular contributor to Security Business magazine for more than 15 years. Email him your fire & life safety questions for potential inclusion in this column at greg@firealarm.org. RENEW OR SUBSCRIBE INFORMATION IS POWER GO TO www.SecurityInfoWatch. com/subscribe and enter priority code 2019MAG to Security Business today! MASTER WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR OF PREMIUM DOOR HARDWARE Vol.41 No.1 • January 2019 Analysts Bullish on 2019 New year looking profitable for security integrators Page 28 Tech Game-Changers 10 bleeding-edge technologies poised to change the landscape Total Cost to Serve may be one of the most important metrics for a successful security service business… have you overlooked it? is now Same great magazine and content …more relevant name

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