NFPA 731: Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems

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Provide more reliable security systems using the 2015 NFPA 731: Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems.

If you work with security, access control, or CCTV systems, make sure you're up-to-code with the latest consensus-based requirements for all facets of security equipment installation. NFPA 731 includes provisions for the application, location, performance, testing, and maintenance of physical security systems and their components in all types of buildings. The Standard covers every aspect from signal initiation, transmission, notification, and annunciation to levels of performance and reliability. Requirements address the protected premises from the property line to the interior of the premises.

Revised for the changing security field, equipment in use today, and referenced NFPA® codes including the 2014 NEC®.

The 2015 edition of NFPA 731 provides up-to-date references and incorporates provisions from the latest editions of applicable UL, SIA, and NFPA codes and standards including the 2014 NEC: National Electrical Code®. Other changes include:

  • Clarified rules in the sections pertaining to power supplies
  • Clarified requirements for low-power radio (wireless) systems for improved usability

To make sure security systems are ready to respond, the latest edition of NFPA 731 is essential for security personnel, installers, owners, and servicers. (Softbound, Approx. 56 pp., 2015)

NFPA<sup>®</sup> 731 Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems 2015 Edition

NFPA® 731 Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems 2015 Edition

Important Notices and Disclaimers
Additional Notices and Disclaimers
Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Units and Formulas
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Fundamentals
4.1 General
4.2 Equipment
4.3 Personnel Qualifications
4.4 Power
4.5 System Functions
4.6 Installation and Design
4.7 Special Requirements for Low-Power Radio (Wireless) Systems
4.8 Grounding
4.9 Zoning and Annunciation
4.10 Software Control
4.11 Interconnected and Combination Systems
4.12 Documentation and Training
Chapter 5 Intrusion Detection Systems
5.1 General
5.2 Exterior Space Detection Systems
5.3 Interior Detection Systems
5.4 Vaults, Safes, ATMs, and Secured Containers
Chapter 6 Electronic Access Control Systems
6.1 General
6.2 Administration Tools and Interface
6.3 Network Interface Device
Chapter 7 Video Surveillance Systems
7.1 General
7.2 Cameras
7.3 Low-Level Lighting Conditions
7.4 Enclosures
7.5 General Hardware and Mounts
7.6 Lens
7.7 Physical Conductors
7.8 Radio Frequency (RF). (Reserved)
Chapter 8 Holdup, Duress, and Ambush Systems
8.1 General
8.2 Holdup Alarm Systems
8.3 Duress Alarm Systems
8.4 Ambush Alarm Systems
Chapter 9 Monitoring Stations
9.1 Application
9.2 Scope
9.3 Public Safety Agencies
9.4 Proprietary Monitoring Stations
9.5 Commercial Monitoring Stations
9.6 Disposition of Signals
9.7 Transmission and Receiving Technologies
9.8 Record Keeping and Recording
9.9 Testing and Maintenance Requirements for All Transmission Technologies
Chapter 10 Testing and Inspections
10.1 Application
10.2 Impairments
10.3 General Testing, Inspection, and Maintenance
10.4 System Testing
10.5 Inspection and Testing Frequency
10.6 Records
Chapter 11 Asset Protection Systems
11.1 General
11.2 Equipment
11.3 Power Sources for Asset Protection Systems
11.4 Antenna
11.5 Tag
11.6 Deactivators and Detachers
11.7 Testing
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Camera Specifications
Annex C Camera Selection
Annex D Informational References

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  • Record of Completion Inspection & Testing Report
  • Intrusion Detection or Holdup and Duress Systems Inspection & Testing Report
  • Access Control Inspection & Testing Report
  • Video Surveillance Inspection & Testing Report
  • Additional Devices Inspection & Testing Report