Fire detection is reaching new, advanced levels, designed to help save more lives.
Edwards, continuing in its legacy as the inventor of the alarm bell, is the first multi-criteria smoke detector manufacturer to receive certification to the UL standard for Fire Alarm Systems UL 268, 7th edition, set to take effect May 2020. The new Signature Optica smoke detectors utilize a next-generation sensor that better distinguishes the type of fire and the danger it creates, as well as reducing nuisance alarms.
The significantly revised standard incorporates three new tests, including a new cooking nuisance alarm test and two polyurethane foam tests for smouldering and flaming fires. These new tests better represent the smoke profiles and behavior of modern building fires to help ensure next-generation sensors are designed to give building occupants enough time to evacuate safely. All UL-certified smoke detectors are required to meet the enhanced requirements in 2020, representing a major change in the life-safety industry.
Edwards is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
For more information please contact: www.edwardsfiresafety.com