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Comment on offering opinion on fire alarm issue has consequences
July 12, 2022
Comment on offering opinion on fire alarm issue has consequences from article on July 2, 2022
          Regarding Jeff’s fire alarm issue in the July 2, 2022 article, an electrical contractor and not the fire alarm system vendor has to make arrangements with Con Edison to resolve the problem once it has been confirmed that it is related to them.   It may not be, but may be an electrical service issue.  The contractor has a direct door to them.   Additionally there must be other problems in the building being affected by this issue as well and not just the fire alarm system.
          One more possible note. If there is a fluctuation in the voltage it may be due to an improper connection to the electrical service that was not done properly with a lug or a bad connection on the hot side or neutral that would cause this.
          The issue in the July 2, 2022 article was perceived problem with the electrical supply.  Who deals with this problem is likely different depending on the jurisdiction.  The alarm in question is in NYC; we know that because Jeff mentions Con Ed; that’s who supplies electric in NYC.  What fire alarm dealers in other parts of the country, and there are other parts of the country, thankfully, may not realize is that alarm dealers, licensed fire alarm dealers, are not permitted to hook the fire alarm into the electrical panel by edict of the NY Fire Department.  In fact, the NYFD doesn’t want licensed fire alarm companies installing fire alarm systems [or inspecting or repairing them unless issued certificate of fitness by the NYFD].  An electrician has to do the electrical connection.  So in Jeff’s scenario the best course of action is likely telling the owner that he has to contact the electrician who should call in Con ED.
          In other parts of the country alarm dealers may be permitted to install and hook up the fire alarm, in which case they could call the electric company to check the supply source.  Anyway, don’t take my advice on this; I’m not a fire alarm expert technician.  What I can tell you with confidence is that you should be using the Fire All in One for your commercial fire alarm installation and after-install services.

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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
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