Overview of Fire Alarm and Detection Systems

Course Number: M-4034
Credit: 4 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: A. Bhatia, Mechanical Engineer
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Overview

In Overview of Fire Alarm and Detection Systems, you'll learn ...

  • Understand the reasons for installing a fire alarm system
  • Learn the relevant design standards
  • Learn the various type of smoke and heat detectors
  • Understand the type of alarm technology that is used

Overview

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Credit: 4 PDH

Length: 61 pages

A key aspect of fire detection and alarm system is to identify a developing fire emergency in a timely manner, and to alert the building's occupants and fire emergency organizations. Depending on the anticipated fire scenario, building and use type, number of occupants and criticality of contents and mission, these systems can provide several main functions. First they provide a means to identify a developing fire either through manual or automatic means and second, they alert building occupants to a fire condition and the need to evacuate. The system can be designed to simultaneously alert the fire department or other emergency response organizations by means of a direct or relayed alarm notification signals. In addition to the alarm function, fire alarm and detection systems can also actuate other fire safety measures in a building.

The US Fire Administration says "Don't Forget the Smoke Alarms". Even though fire sprinklers are effective life safety devices you still need smoke alarms. Some fires can begin as smoldering fires that produce smoke and gases but don't generate enough heat to activate the sprinklers. Smoke alarms are needed to provide warning for these situations."

This course provides an overview of the major components which go to make up a fire alarm system.

This course is aimed at architects, building designers, electrical engineers, loss prevention professionals, contractors, civil estimators, HSE staff, facility managers and general audience.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understand the reasons for installing a fire alarm system
  • Learn the relevant design standards
  • Learn the various type of smoke and heat detectors
  • Understand the type of alarm technology that is used
  • Ability to select and position relevant system components
  • Understand the alarm notification arrangements (audible alarms, visual alerts and communication systems etc)
  • Understand the auxiliary and emergency control features associated with fire alarm system
  • Review the design such as to - minimize the potential for false alarms
  • Learn few relevant definitions

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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