NBFAA's Minimum Installation Standards

  1. Any system installed in accordance with UL or FM specifications shall be considered acceptable under these standards.
  2. All work shall be completed in a neat and workmanlike manor.
  3. All alarm equipment must be UL Listed, FM or IRI approved or equivalent and used only for the purpose intended by the manufacturer and installed per the manufacturer’s specifications.
  4. Every alarm system must have standby power sufficient to operate the system in non-alarm status (without being the cause of alarm activation) for a minimum of four hours. Fire alarm systems shall have a minimum of 24 hours of standby power except remote station and auxiliary systems shall have a minimum of 60 hours of standby.
  5. Alarm equipment shall be securely mounted to the buildings structure. A suitable moisture barrier shall be provided between equipment and exterior masonry walls.
  6. All protective circuit wiring shall have conductors not smaller than 22 AWG.
  7. Wiring between a battery or power supply to audible signal shall be of sufficient gauge to have a voltage drop of no more than 15%. The voltage measured at the device shall not drop below the manufacturer’s specifications including when operating on standby power.
  8. Alarm wiring shall not be run in the same conduit with Class 1 power or lighting circuits.
  9. All wiring is to be in accordance with applicable NFPA codes and standards and any state and local regulations.
  10. All splices shall be twisted, “hot” soldered and covered with listed electrical tape or secured with solderless crimp connectors. Connection wires to screw terminals shall be made using either a crimp or solder type spade lug. Terminal boards with clamping washers will not require a spade lug or soldering. Solderless crimp connectors shall be crimped only with a tool recommended by the manufacturer.
  11. Where grounding is required or desirable, the system shall be grounded under NEC (National Electrical Code), UL or manufacturers standards. When the manufacturer provides a grounding terminal, grounding shall be required.
  12. Each system is to be tested completely after installation and following any reprogramming. Test is to include operation of backup power.
  13. Users of alarm systems are to be thoroughly instructed verbally and in writing in the proper operation of all equipment and procedures to be followed in the event of an accidental alarm.
  14. Any residential system with an audible alarm shall have a sufficient number of sound generating devices to alert or awaken all normal hearing occupants within the alarm site that an alarm has been activated.
  15. All intrusion alarm audible devices shall automatically silence no more than 30 minutes after activation.
  16. All customers shall be instructed in writing of procedures to follow to test battery standby power.
  17. All connections to the public telephone network will be in accordance with existing tariff regulations and guidelines.
  18. Every alarm using a digital communicator shall have a proper telephone interface device as required by the FCC, accessible to the alarm user and mounted within 24 inches of the control panel.
  19. All holdup alarms (requiring push button activation) must use simultaneous two-button activation or a keyed manual reset after activation.
  20. All panic or medical emergency alarm activations shall cause an audible alarm.
  21. All audio detection devices shall either be volumetric sound detectors with central station operator analysis or detectors that require two different inputs within one-half second to generate an alarm.
  22. Every residential alarm system control panel shall have either: (a) push on/off connectors to the battery and a description of the transformer and circuit breaker location permanently affixed to the inside of the control panel; or (b) an on/off switch that disconnects the battery and transformer from the central processing unit inside the control panel.
  23. Transformers shall be properly affixed to an electrical outlet.
  24. Every alarm system must have a supervised standby power supply that causes a local annunciation when standby power falls below the manufacturer’s recommended specifications.
  25. Any alarm system that has a touchpad or other device designed to allow the user to activate the alarm (when in the disarm mode) must be configured as follows: panic, fire and medical emergency alarms must be audible; duress or holdup alarms can be silent. Duress codes shall be dramatically different from user codes.

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