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Fire Alarm System Required For Hotels/Motels
Required Installations:

Group R, Division 1 occupancies (Hotels, Motels)

A manual and automatic fire alarm system shall be installed in hotels/motels three or more stories in height or containing 20 or more guest rooms.

Plans and Permit

A minimum of two sets of plans shall be submitted to the Plans Review Section of Fire Prevention bearing the signature and license number of the state
licensed Fire Alarm Planning Superintended, address of installation, and Certificate of Registration number of the registered firm. Plans shall include the
following: (1) location of all devices, (2) wiring diagram (3) cut sheets on all equipment shall accompany plans, and (4) battery and voltage drop calculation
shall be provided.

Design Requirements:

System shall consist of:

1. All fire alarm systems shall be installed in such a manner that the failure of any single alarm-actuating or alarm-indicating device will not interfere with the
normal operation of any other such devices. All systems shall be Class "A" wired with a minimum of six feet separation between supply and return loops.
Notification circuit may be Class "B."

All alarm systems new or replacement serving 50 or more alarm initiating devices shall be addressable fire detection systems. Alarm systems serving more than
75 smoke detectors or more than 200 total fire alarm devices shall be analog intelligent addressable fire detection systems.

EXCEPTION: Existing systems need not comply unless the total system remodel or expansion initiated after October 1998 exceeds 30% of the building. When
cumulative building remodel or expansion exceeds 50%, the building must comply within 18 months of permit application.

2. Automatic detection in storage rooms, laundry rooms, furnace rooms, and similar areas;

3. Smoke detectors on 41 foot centers in interior corridors;

4. Alarm verification shall be provided for smoke detectors. Alarm verification shall be provided at the fire alarm control panel when more than thirty (30)
detectors are installed;

5. An adequate number of audible and visual alarm devices shall be provided to ensure a minimum sound level of 70 dba in all areas including guest rooms.

6. When an automatic fire alarm system is not monitored by an approved central station alarm company, an approved central station alarm company, an
external, weatherproof, audible/visual alarm device shall be provided in an approved location with an approved sign reading "WHEN ALARM SOUNDS, CALL FIRE
DEPARTMENT" adjacent to the alarm sounding device. All alarm systems for sprinklered buildings with more than 100 heads are required to be monitored;

7. All local alarm systems shall be provided with an approved permanent sign reading "LOCAL ALARM ONLY/CALL FIRE DEPARTMENT" on or adjacent to the fire
alarm control panel and manual fire alarm pull station;

8. The fire alarm control panel is required to be installed in a visible and accessible public location adjacent to the entrance such that firefighters can readily
locate the panel and the status of the fire alarm system is clearly evident.

9. All fire alarm systems shall be provided with an approved secondary battery power supply capable of operating the entire system for 24 hours under
non-alarm conditions followed by five minutes of operation in an alarm condition;

10. Systems and components listed and approved for the purpose for which installed; all components shall be compatible;

11. Double action manual alarm actuating devices installed, one on each floor of the premises in a visible, accessible position and located in exit ways
adjacent to exit doors and doors leading to exit stairs. Manual fire alarm boxes are not required for interior corridors having smoke detectors as specified in
UFC Section 1007.;

12. A maximum of one waterflow switch, or three tamper switches, or ten smoke or heat detectors may be interconnected to be on a single zone of a fire
alarm control panel;

13. For HVAC units larger than 2000 cfm, a duct type smoke detector shall be provided on a separate zone or have a remote alarm indicating device mounted
on the ceiling adjacent to the detector in a common area, such as a hallway. Activation of a duct type smoke detector shall cause the unit to shut down and
cause a supervisory signal to be indicated at the fire alarm control panel.

The recommended fire alarm evacuation signal shall be keyed to one half to one second "on" and one second "off" for three cycles, immediately after which,
when a voice alarm is required by code, a voice announcement shall be broadcast. The alarm signal shall be repeated for the duration that the fire alarm
system is activated. Visual alarms shall comply with new provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act and UBC Section 1105.4.6.

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