The approval comes more than two-and-a-half years after a highly publicized, deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., which resulted in a mandate that all commercial buildings complying with Rhode Islandâ€™s fire safety code be equipped with a fire alarm system by the end of 2005.
Doug Eaton, director of technical services for Honeywell, said the advantage of the wireless products is that they are easy and quick to install â€“ saving time and labor.
The approval came after HB Alarms of Cranston, R.I., teamed up with Honeywell to ask the stateâ€™s fire marshals to accept Honeywellâ€™s 5800 series of field-proven wireless products.
â€œRouting cable through sealed areas, trenching, and other activities meant our jobs were taking much longer to complete and at much higher costs,â€ said John Bourque, president of HB Alarms. â€œWe wanted to convince the marshals that wireless is an accepted, reliable and cost-effective method already used in many other states.â€
The system is UL-listed and complies with National Fire Protection Association codes.