UL 864 has been the “Standard for Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems” since 1948. Over the years, new editions have made slight changes to the standard. However, the most recent Ninth Edition made approximately 300 revisions to the standard and added 100 new pages of requirements to UL 864.
To understand more about this publication from the Underwriters Laboratories Inc., you need to know its history, the changes executed in the Ninth Edition, and how all this information is useful for business owners.
UL 864 Ninth Edition was published September 30, 2003 and went into effect Dec 31, 2008. The standard is accepted worldwide by the fire protection industry, with the exception of Europe. Other standards exist within individual countries, but UL 864 is the most significant and widely used.
The essential purpose of UL 864 is to follow changes in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72. Unique chapters within NFPA 72 cover a variety of fire safety aspects. The chapters are reviewed and updated regularly by industry experts representing manufacturers and installers of sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
When considered individually, none of the changes to UL 864 Ninth Edition are significant, but their cumulative effect has forced manufacturers of fire safety products to redesign entire product lines to comply.
All the changes can be categorized into these classes:
Some specific, notable changes to UL 864 Ninth Edition include:
UL 864 Ninth Edition brings a number of updates to fire alarm equipment. By choosing and installing products listed in accordance with the updated requirements, you can rest assured that your business or organization meets or exceeds the latest industry safety standards in fire protection—keeping both your employees and property safe. This puts your mind at ease, as well as the minds of your customers.
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