Advances in telecommunications and automation have enabled alarm-monitoring firms—called central stations—to monitor thousands of accounts located almost anywhere. Central stations can provide around-the-clock alarm-signal monitoring and reporting for residential and commercial customers.
Central station companies are required to comply with the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code, which stipulates that these companies be certified, or placarded, by a third-party organization such as FM Approvals. Full-service central station, monitoring-only and alarm installers can earn FM Approval by meeting the requirements of FM Approvals’ Approval Standard 3011, Approval Standard for Central Station Service for Fire Alarms and Protective Equipment Supervision.
The FM Approvals’ placard identifies that the fire alarm system installed at the protected property is monitored and maintained according to the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code via an FM Approved central station service provider and is a part of the FM Approvals follow-up examination.
Why an FM Approvals Placard?
For property owners, an FM Approvals’ placard confirms that your building’s fire alarm system is installed, tested, monitored and maintained according to NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code requirements.
If you’re a central station company, our certification (i.e., placard) can differentiate you from other suppliers, while providing broad national acceptance and recognition by authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs).
AHJs benefit from standardized documentation issued by FM Approvals and follow-up audits, two types of “Protected Premise” site checks and another set of qualified eyes offering protection.