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.

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Guides

NEMA BS 31046-2023 “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.

Free Download – NEMA BS 31046-2023 – “Guide to Understanding Smoke Control Systems” *New Document


NEMA BS 31004-2022 “Public Address Communication Systems for Life Safety in Schools”
(Formerly NEMA SB 40)
This guide covers the application, installation, location, performance, and maintenance of school public address (PA) communication systems used for emergency communications and their components.

Free Download – NEMA BS 31004-2022 – “Public Address Communication Systems for Life Safety in Schools”


NEMA BS 30000-2021 “Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Guidance Document”
This guidance paper provides information on the issues related to the use of lithium-ion batteries, how fires start in batteries, and how fires may be detected, controlled, suppressed, and extinguished. It also provides guidance on post-fire management. Excluded from the scope are explosion and ventilation issues.

Free Download – NEMA BS 30000-2021 – “Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Guidance Document”


NEMA BS 30001-2021 “Quality Informational Guide for Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm Systems”
(Formerly NEMA SB 1)
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.

Free Download – NEMA BS 30001-2021 – “Quality Informational Guide for Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm Systems”


NEMA BS 30004-2023 “Fuel Gas Detection Guide”

This document provides guidance on the proper application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fuel gas detection devices. It outlines basic principles that should be considered in the application of early warning fuel gas detection devices. Operating characteristics of devices and environmental factors that may aid, deter, or prevent their operation are identified.

Free Download – NEMA BS 30004-2023 – “White Paper on Fuel Gas Detection”


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.

Free Download – NEMA SB 2 – “Training Manuals on Fire Alarm Systems”


NEMA BS 30003-2022 “Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors”
(Formerly NEMA SB 7)
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.

Free Download – NEMA BS 30003-2023 – “Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors”

Free Spanish Download – NEMA BS 30003 – “Guía de aplicaciones para detectores y alarmas de monóxido de carbono”


NEMA BS 30005-2022 – “Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors
(Formerly NEMA SB 11)
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.

Free Download – NEMA BS 30005-2022 – “Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors”

Free Spanish Download – NEMA BS 30005-2022 – “Guía para el uso adecuado de los detectores de humo del Sistema”


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.

Free Download – NEMA SB 13 – “Guide for Proper Use of Smoke Detectors in Duct Applications”


NEMA BS 31043-2023 – “Guide for Application of Flame Detectors
(Formerly NEMA SB 23)
Provides information concerning the proper use of flame-detection systems. It covers the major technologies used for flame detection, application, selection, installation, and testing.

Free Download – NEMA BS 31043-2023 “Guide for Application of Flame Detection”


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.

Free Download – NEMA SB 50 – “Emergency Communications Audio Intelligibility”

Free Spanish Download – NEMA SB 50 – “Guía de aplicaciones de inteligibilidad de audio para comunicaciones de emergencia”

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White Papers

NEMA BS 30002-2022 “Impact of UL 268 and UL 217 Fire and Nuisance Tests”
The addition of new polyurethane foam fire tests and a cooking nuisance smoke test were the largest changes ever to UL 217 and UL 268. These new tests required that all smoke alarms and detectors be redesigned to operate completely differently, that is, detect fires more quickly and reject cooking nuisances. This document explains the context that led to the development of the new requirements, details about the new tests, and the consequences of the new products for designers, installers, end-users, and authorities having jurisdiction.

Free Download – NEMA BS 30002-2022 – “Impact of UL 268 and UL 217 Fire and Nuisance Tests”


NEMA ERCES 1-2021 “In-Building Two-Way Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES)”
Provide education/awareness to installation contractors, engineers, end-users, Authorities Having Jurisdiction, and Federal Communication Commission License Holders about ensuring indoor wireless communications for Emergency Responders.

Free Download – NEMA ERCES 1-2021 “In-Building Two-Way Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES)”


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.

Free Download – NEMA SBP 2 – “Multi-Criteria Detectors (MCD)”


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.

Free Download – NEMA SBP 3 – “The Changing Communications within Fire Alarm System Reporting”


NEMA BS 31003-2022 – “Low Frequency Audible Signals
(Formerly NEMA SBP 4)
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.

Free Download – NEMA BS 31003-2023 “Low Frequency Audible Signals”

Free Spanish Download – NEMA BS 31003-2023 “Señales Acústicas de Baja Frecuencia”


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.

Free Download – NEMA WT 1 – “ Wireless Communications Technology for Fire and Life Safety Systems”

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Position Papers

NEMA BS 31049-2024 – “NEMA Position Paper on 10-Year Battery Mandates”
NEMA’s position is that consumers should be free to choose which smoke alarms are present in their homes, provided those devices comply with consensus codes and standards. Consumers, not state legislatures, should decide whether alarms powered by 10-year batteries ultimately address consumer needs.

Free Download – NEMA BS 31049-2024 *New Revision


NEMA BS 31035 2023 – “Position Paper on Carbon Monoxide”
NEMA advocates for state and local adoption of the latest fire and building codes that have the most stringent carbon monoxide requirements.

Free Download – NEMA BS 31035 2023

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En Espanol

NEMA BS 31003-2022 – “Low Frequency Audible Signals

Free Spanish Download – NEMA BS 31003-2023 “Señales Acústicas de Baja Frecuencia”


NEMA SB 50 – “Emergency Communications Audio Intelligibility Application Guide

Free Spanish Download – NEMA SB 50 – “Guía de aplicaciones de inteligibilidad de audio para comunicaciones de emergencia”


NEMA BS 30003-2022 “Applications Guide for Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Detectors”

Free Spanish Download – NEMA BS 30003 – “Guía de aplicaciones para detectores y alarmas de monóxido de carbono”


NEMA BS 30005-2022 – “Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors

Free Spanish Download – NEMA BS 30005-2022 – “Guía para el uso adecuado de los detectores de humo del Sistema”

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