John Valiulis addresses the disturbing movement in the U.S. toward trading off exterior wall assembly fire performance safety requirements in the building code when internal sprinklers are present in buildings.
Whether you have been on the job for one year or for 25 years, if you don't know sprinkler system basics, this is a good primer (or refresher) for you. Ron Kanterman
Many municipalities require the installation of smoke detectors in new homes and apartments, but Farmers Branch, Texas, a Dallas suburb, has passed a smoke detector ordinance that is retroactive under certain circumstances. It requires the installation of smoke detectors not only in all new residential occupancies, but also in existing homes upon a chance of occupancy or ownership, or after repairs or additions exceeding $500 in value.
IT is a long step from the crude hand operated box to the modern unit with its quick action door. The author traces this development in an interesting manner and shows the necessity of keeping up with the march of improvement in this respect as in all others: The fundamental principle of the fire alarm box—opening and closing an electrical circuit—is the same today as it was when the fire alarm first was invented.