Readers who design, build, and buy fire safety products will find the following documents as an invaluable tool in ensuring safe and efficient lifesafety installations.

Documents listed below that are available by calling IHS Publications at 1-800-854-7179.

NEMA SB 1 “Quality Informational Guide for Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm Systems”
Provides guidance to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for establishing programs to ensure highly reliable fire detection and alarm systems in his or her community. This document contains a recommended model ordinance to assist AHJ through improving the reliability of existing systems, including dealing with false, or nuisance, alarms.

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NEMA SB 2 “Training Manuals on Fire Alarm Systems”
The 2010 edition is written to provide text material for training persons in the proper physical installation of fire alarm signaling systems. To that end, the manual covers terminology, basic theory of operation, installation details, system startup techniques, and general maintenance.

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NEMA SB 7-2013 “Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors”
Covers carbon monoxide (CO)–detection devices, including single- and multiple-station CO alarms and system-connected CO detectors and sensors connected to a control unit.

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NEMA SB 11 – “Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors
The purpose of this guide is to provide information concerning the proper application of smoke detectors used in conjunction with fire alarm systems. It outlines basic principles, which should be considered in the application of early warning fire and smoke detection devices. Operating characteristics of detectors and environmental factors, which may aid, delay, or prevent their operation, are also presented.

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NEMA SB 13-2013 – “Guide for Proper Use of Smoke Detectors in Duct Applications
Provides information concerning the proper use of smoke detectors in duct applications.

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NEMA SB 40 “Communications Systems for Life-Safety in Schools
Covers the application, installation and maintenance of school communications systems and their components associated with life safety of students, faculty, administrative staff and all other occupations associated with educational facilities.

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NEMA SB 50-2014 – “Emergency Communications Audio Intelligibility
Assists specifiers and authorities having jurisdiction with the concepts and terminology used to enhance intelligibility for emergency voice and paging systems.

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NEMA SBP 2-2014 – “Multi-Criteria Detectors (MCD)
Provides an introduction to the next evolution in life saving early warning smoke and fire detection.

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NEMA SBP 3-2013 – “The Changing Communications within Fire Alarm System Reporting
The requirements of NFPA 72 for fire alarm system communications between a protected premises fire alarm system and the supervising station have kept up with technology in some ways and have been left behind in other ways. In this publication we attempt to explain today’s options for fire alarm system communications.

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