The Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA)
is a trade association that promotes the use
of reliable electronic life safety and security systems.

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Minimum Installation Standards

(Revised 9/14/95, Effective 1/1/96)

It is required that all members of the PBFAA adhere to these minimum standards of the PBFAA.

All installation work shall be completed in a neat and orderly manner. These standards shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Alarm equipment shall be securely mounted to the building structure. A suitable moisture barrier shall be provided between equlpment and exterior masonry walls.

2. All wiring of a system shall be UL Listed for the purpose intended, shall be of sufficient gauge to conduct sufficient electrical current for the devices connected thereto, and shall be rated by the manufacturer for the use so as to diminish electromagnetic and radio frequency interference.

3. Wiring between a battery or power supply to an audible signal shall be of sufficient gauge to have not greater than a 15% voltage drop. Where such wire supplies a a signaling appliance or notification which signals fire alarm, the wire shall be UL Listed for fire alarm use.

4. Alarm wiring shall not be run in the same conduit as Class I power lines.

5. AU splices shall be twisted and mechanically secured with solderless crimp connectors or gel-filled connectors of the appropriate sizing; or may be twisted and soldered and covered with heat shrink or electrical tape, the bond of which has not been modified. Standard wire shall be fastened to terminals by means of damping terminals or shall be made using spade lugs. All splices shall be made secure to prevent damage from compression, pulling apart, or from strain on the wire conductors.

6. Where grounding is required, it shall be in accordance with the National Electrical Code, and/or the authority having jurisdiction, and/or the applicable manufacturers' specifications.

7. Each system is to be tested completely after installation. Such testing is to include circuit readings and complete operational tests of each component and complete signal tests to the central station. Test is to include operation on backup power.

8. Users of alarm systems are to be thoroughly instructed verbally and in writing in the operation of all equipment and procedures to be followed in the event of an accidental alarm.

9. All customers shall be instructed in writing of procedures to follow to test system, and to test battery standby power and of recommended periods for batteries In addition, the service company shall once a year or on each service call, whichever is less frequent, perform a load test of the existing battery standby(s) of the system, recommending replacement when the battery test indicates the battery does not provide the designed standby period.

10. All wire and cable for fire alarm systems, induding residential shall be installed in accordance with NFPA-72, current edition, and shall be UL Listed for the use. When local or state codes provide for more stringent requirements they shall be complied with in all elements.

11. Any system installed in accordance with UL specifications shall be considered acceptable under these standards.

12. Responding authorities shall be notified in writing of each new installation.

13. All exterior burglary alarm audibles shall be equipped so as to silence within 15 minutes (except as other authorities may require). This applies to all systems installed without regard to date of installation.

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