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New Rules and New Tools for Emergency Lighting Control

In the last few years, advancements in control technology and energy management have made compliance with National Electrical Code, Article 700, Emergency, more complex,...

Copper Ensures Emergency Response Systems Stay Online

Imagine if emergency personnel were unreachable. Frantic phone calls would go unanswered, and emergency vehicles would never leave the station. To a person requesting...

Mass Notification Know-How — Codes & Components

Initially seen as a “military solution,” mass notification systems (MNS) are gaining popularity among many non-military occupancies. The NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm &...

Risk Analysis & Emergency Planning

When discussing risk analysis and emergency planning, it is important to define when a mass notification/emergency communication system is required to be installed. Currently,...

Selective Coordination of Emergency Systems — Taking the mystery out of...

Selective coordination of the emergency system is intended to provide a high level of reliability and continuance of supply needed for systems providing emergency...

Critical Operations Power Systems

In September 2001, New York was horrified by the destruction of the World Trade Center due to terrorist activities. In July 2005, New Orleans...

Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs Application and Installation Requirements

Application of certain types of electrical equipment may be governed by codes other than the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). Emergency lighting and exit signs...

Emergency systems in the CE Code – food for thought and...

Section 46 of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I governs installation, operation and maintenance of emergency systems. However, the scope of this section might...

Emergency Systems and the Witness Test

Emergency systems in buildings or structures can vary in size and complexity. Some basic emergency systems provide illumination of the egress paths through unit...

Grounding of Alternate Power

When engine generator sets are used as an alternate source of power (i.e., emergency or standby power), it is essential that they be properly...
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