Readers who design, build, and buy fire safety products will find the following documents as an invaluable tool in ensuring safe and efficient life safety 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 document is written to provide text material for the training in 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.  This manual is ideal as a reference guide and can be used in a classroom setting for learning about fire alarm systems.

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NEMA SB 7 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– “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 20 –  “Guide to Understanding Smoke Control Systems
This guide is intended to offer a general understanding of smoke control systems to individuals who have a need or desire for solid basic information but do not need the in-depth knowledge necessary to design smoke control systems.

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NEMA SB 23 – “Guide for Application of Flame Detectors
Provides information concerning the proper use of flame-detection systems. It covers the major technologies used for flame detection, application, selection, installation, and testing.

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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– “Emergency Communications Audio Intelligibility Application Guide
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 – “Multi-Criteria Detectors (MCD)
This document provides an introduction to the next evolution in life saving early warning smoke and fire detection.

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NEMA SBP 3 – “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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NEMA SBP 4 – “Low Frequency Audible Signals
Addresses the need for and the development of the low-frequency audible signal used in fire alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and fire or CO alarm systems.

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NEMA WT 1 – “Wireless Communications within Fire Alarm System Reporting
Provides a brief overview of wireless technology currently available and how it impacts the life safety industry today.

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