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Fire Alarm Panel: Simplex 4100 U Voice Fire Alarm

General Description:

This voice fire alarm system, in addition to providing notification and voice direction during a fire alarm, provides a public address function that can effectively be used to communicate to all of the building’s occupants for any type of emergency, even when building evacuation is not needed.  Fire alarm devices include addressable manual pull stations, smoke and/or heat detection in corridors, common areas and mechanical spaces, visual/audible notification devices and integrated detection devices that monitor related systems such as fire sprinkler systems. 


Apartments and residence sleeping areas are equipped with addressable smoke detector/sounder bases, which sound in the room to alert the occupant to a possible fire condition.  All alarm conditions sound at the building alarm panel and at the monitoring station located at the University’s police communications center.  


Fire Alarm Testing/Inspection/Maintenance: Individual components of the fire alarm system are inspected and tested biannually, as well as maintained by SimplexGrinnell-certified fire alarm technicians in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code.



Type of System: Automatic sprinkler system monitored by the fire alarm system.

Coverage: Building is fully sprinklered in accordance with NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies.

Automatic Sprinkler System Inspection: The automatic sprinkler system is inspected annually, by NICET-certified inspection technicians, in accordance with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.




Portable Fire Extinguishers: Fire extinguishers are located throughout the building in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspections: Fire extinguishers located in residence halls are inspected monthly by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Annual inspection and maintenance is conducted by a qualified vendor in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.



Fire Doors:  These buildings are equipped with both self closing fire doors that must be kept closed at all times and doors held open by magnets.  The magnetic holders release the doors, allowing them to close, when the building fire alarm sounds.

Smoke Control Doors:  There are no smoke control doors in this building.




Drills: Buildings 20-70 are Garden Apartments; given the style of these buildings (absent of common corridors and interior stairwells, etc.) drills are not usually conducted in these buildings.

Evacuation Plans:  Emergency evacuation plans are not required given the apartments exit directly to the outside of this building.