National Independent Fire Alarm Distributors 

This is a joint webinar, organized between CCFS and NIFAD.  Our webinars are 60 Minute presentations on fire alarm and/or other system’s technology or 
fire alarm code.  

Presented By:
Dean Rushin
Applications Engineer at FFE Beam and FlameDetection

Dean provides detection related support to fire and life safety professionals across North America. With a mechanical engineering degree from Northern Illinois University, he applies over a decade of experience in the optics industry to the fieldof specialty fire detection.


Wednesday, May 29, 2024 @ 1PM EDT

Beam Smoke Detection & Optical Flame Detection


Smoke Detection ...  Beam smoke detectors are used across a wide range of building occupancy classifications worldwide. Common applications include atriums, warehouses, gymnasiums, theaters, and places with limited access to ceilings. In many large buildings, full area smoke coverage is required in addition to sprinklers. In this talk we will review the current NFPA 72 code guidance as well as new detector spacing guidelines that are expected to be adopted in the next edition of 72. We will discuss how to properly design your smoke coverage in high ceiling areas where smoke stratification is a possibility. Various real-world examples and equipment best-practices are reviewed.

Optical Flame Detection ...Flame detectors are line-of-sight devices that can detect fire within a few seconds of ignition. They are typically used in areas with flammable hazards such as jet
fuel, paper, 
hydrogen, solvents, plastics, and textiles. They can be used as initiating devices in fire alarm systems or as part of a process control system. This talk will give an overview of basic device operation, common application examples, and best practices.

Learning objectives

1.) List three examples of building types where beam smoke detection provides practical or economic advantages over spot detectors.

2.) Describe the phenomenon of smoke stratification and how beam smoke detectors can be positioned to prevent delayed detection times.

3.) Identify two wavelength bands on the electromagnetic spectrum that optical flame detectors use
to detect fire. 

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