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Fire Prevention Week: Importance of Smoke Alarms Is a Theme Worth Repeating continued requirements for smoke alarms in the International Building, Fire and Residential Codes,” said Rob Neale, International Code Council Vice President for National Service Activities. “The smoke alarm installation and maintenance guidance align with the NFPA standards to provide early warning in the event of fire,” he added. “Effective enforcement by building and fire code officials has helped reduce fire death and injury rates.” What can building officials and design professionals do to help reduce the number of non-working smoke alarms? In all new construction, interconnected electric smoke alarms with a long-life battery backup must be required on every level of a home and in all sleeping areas, as described in the I-Codes. Room additions or other remodeling are a great opportunity for design professionals to use some creativity to make sure any new smoke alarms are electrically tied back to existing smoke alarms. Then, when one smoke alarm activates, they all do. Even where the older part of the home has only battery-powered alarms, convincing the homeowner to install electric smoke alarms there and connect them electronically benefits them and their entire family. Finally, Carli says the NFPA recommends replacing smoke alarms after 10 years, because that is typically the life expectancy of the devices, Beyond that, the sensors in smoke alarms can begin to lose their sensitivity. So let’s embrace this Fire Prevention Week’s message—Don’t Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years—as many times as we can to continue the quest to reduce the number of homes in the U.S. with non-working smoke alarms. George Michehl is a member of Code Council's Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee representing the Great Lakes Division of the International Fire Chiefs. He is past President and Executive Director Emeritus of the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and Retired Deputy Fire Marshal from the Buffalo Grove Fire Dept. Michehl currently works with Fire Safety Consultants, Inc., in Elgin, Ill., as a code consultant. OCTOBER 2016 | 22 People Helping People Build a Safer World® ICC training event Plan Review Institute Based on the 2015 I-Codes® Increase your plan review efficiency and be able to more easily determine if plans and specifications comply with the applicable 2015 I-Codes after you attend this five-day Institute. Gain the knowledge to perform structural, nonstructural and residential plan reviews while you learn from experts, network with peers and earn 3.0 CEUs. Upon completion, you will be better able to: • Perform the required steps to complete a structural plan review • Apply the 2015 IBC® and IRC® to the plan review process • Identify where minimum code requirements have not been met and cite applicable code sections • Perform the required steps to complete a residential plan review • Evaluate plans for fire-resistance-rated construction • Assess plans for fire protection systems • Examine plans for means of egress For answers to your questions, email icctraining@iccsafe.org or call 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233) ext. 33818. Dec. 5-9 | Sturbridge, Mass. Member Price $820 CEUs 3.0 Location: Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main St Sturbridge, MA 01566 Use code 1612INTERN for discounted rates Expert instructor: • John M. Gibson, Jr., MCP, CBO, CPCA, CFM Cosponsored by: 16-13165 REGISTER NOW —*ADVERTISEMENT—


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