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March 11, 2014 - Comprising low-frequency fire alarm sounders and sounder strobes, SpectrAlert® Advance Series meets National Fire Alarm Association (NFPA) code requirements for sleeping areas in such commercial buildings as hotels, school dormitories, and assisted living facilities. Devices produce low-frequency alarm signal centered around 520 Hz and are UL-listed for wall and ceiling mount installations. Strobes also produce high-candela output.

Gamewell-FCI Releases New Fire Alarm Sounders to Meet Requirements for Commercial Sleeping Spaces

12 Clintonville Road
Northford, CT, 06472

Press release date: March 3, 2014

Studies Find Lower-Frequency Sounders to be More Effective at Waking Sleeping Individuals

NORTHFORD, Conn. -- Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announces the SpectrAlert® Advance Series of low-frequency fire alarm sounders and sounder strobes to meet National Fire Alarm Association (NFPA) code requirements for sleeping areas in commercial buildings, such as hotels, school dormitories and assisted living facilities. The NFPA requirements went into effect January 1, 2014.

The MarkeTrak series of surveys concludes 35 million Americans, or 11.3 percent of the U.S. population, have some degree of hearing loss. This and other similar studies estimate the number to rise to more than 40 million by 2025.

A series of research studies, titled Optimizing Fire Alarm Notification for High Risk Groups and funded by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, concluded that alow frequency tone, around 520 Hz, is more effective at waking sleeping individuals, including those with mild-to-severe hearing loss. Due to these findings, a code change was initiated in the 2010 edition of NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code, requiring new, commercial sleeping areas to utilize low-frequency sounders. This new requirement is located in Section 18.4.5: Sleeping Area Requirements and has been carried over to the current 2013 edition of NFPA 72.

“As awareness and enforcement of this new code grows, we expect customer demand for these low-frequency appliances to pick-up quickly,” says Brian Carlson, Gamewell-FCI marketing manager. “We [Gamewell-FCI always aim to produce technology to increase occupant safety, and we support those who adopt code changes quickly.”

The new SpectrAlert Advance sounders and sounder strobes from Gamewell-FCI produce a low frequency alarm signal centered around 520 Hz. Both devices are UL-listed for wall and ceiling mount installations and the strobes produce a high-candela output.

More technical information and case studies on Gamewell-FCI fire alarm and emergency communication systems are available online at Contact a local sales manager to schedule a product demonstration.

Beth Welch

About Gamewell-FCI
Gamewell-FCI, part of the Honeywell Fire Systems group, is the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems with more than 400 authorized distributors worldwide and regional support operations on every continent. Gamewell-FCI extensive fire alarm, life safety and mass notification offerings include standalone, networked and integrated solutions, plus graphic interface monitoring systems for facility managers and first responders. Visit for more detailed information.

About Honeywell
Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access
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