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Standards & Guides By Other Organizations

NFPA 730

NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security will be a guide that describes construction, protection, occupancy features, and practices intended to reduce security vulnerabilities to life and property. NFPA defines a guide as “a document that is advisory or informative in nature and that contains only nonmandatory provisions. A guide may contain mandatory statements such as when a guide can be used, but the document as a whole is not suitable for adoption into law.” So NFPA 730 is just recommendations. It basically says that you should form a team and do a needs assessment.

It includes commercial properties as well as One & two family dwellings.

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NFPA 731

NFPA 731, Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems NFPA 731 provides specifications for installing electronic security systems in the included types of facilities. Visit for more information on these proposed standards. NFPA defines a Standard as a document, the main text of which contains only mandatory provisions using the word “shall” to indicate requirements and which is in a form generally suitable for mandatory reference by another standard or code or for adoption into law. Nonmandatory provisions shall be located in an appendix or annex, footnote, or fine-print note and are not to be considered a part of the requirements of a standard.

While NFPA 731 is a standard designed to be incorporated into law it does not call for many changes.

  • It requires that everything conform to existing standards and be listed for the intended use.
  • It chooses to repeat some specific requirements but all are already found in some existing standard.
  • It exempts One & two family dwellings
  • It recommends that qualified personnel are used. “Evidence of qualifications shall be provided when requested by the authority having jurisdiction. Examples of qualified personnel shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
    • Equipment manufacturer trained and certified personnel.
    • Personnel licensed and certified by state or local authority.
    • Personnel certified by an accreditation program acceptable to the AHJ.
    • Trained and qualified personnel employed by an organization listed by a national testing laboratory for the servicing of electronic premises security systems. “
  • It also states that installers and designers should be familiar with the equipment that they are to install. This includes knowing the limits of the devices and appliances for a particular design. The installer should have an understanding of the causes of false alarms and methods that may be taken to decrease the possibly of their occurrence.
  • It requires that AC circuit breakers or disconnects “shall have a blue marking, shall be accessible only to authorized personnel, and shall be identified as “PREMISES SECURITY CIRCUIT.” The location of the circuit disconnecting means shall be permanently identified at the premises security control unit.
  • Software has become and important part of most electronic systems. The standards acknowledge this with requirements that the software “be listed for use with the equipment on which it is installed”, that a record of installed software version numbers be maintained on the premises and that “all software shall be protected from unauthorized changes”. It also requires that all changes be tested in accordance with Chapter 9 of the standard and that user training shall be documented and maintained for 1 year with the system documentation and made available to the AHJ upon request.

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ASIS General Security Risk Assessment Guideline
ASIS participated in the NFPA project but developed their own guidelines including the General Security Risk Assessment Guideline that is designed to allow you to assess, identify and communicate risk in a specific facility and then identify appropriate solutions. Visit for more information.