fire and life safety

Fear the Fire, Not the Fire Alarm

The first time an end user – a facility manager, security guard or building owner – is faced with operating a fire alarm control panel might easily be in an emergency situation. In the midst of such a crisis, it is not the best time to determine which of 20 or 30 different buttons to push. Overly complex fire alarm interfaces make users vulnerable to “floating finger syndrome” –

SFPE Teams with ICC on Guide for Fire Safety in Very Tall Buildings

A new guide co-published by Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the International Code Council (ICC) identifies critical fire safety challenges unique to very tall buildings. Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings examines how these special challenges can be addressed worldwide through an integrated performance-based design. "Our new Engineering Guide was written in response to an increase in the global design and construction of very tall buildings," said Morgan Hurley, SFPE Technical Director.