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Robert Berhinig

Robert Berhinig, associate manager, Fire Protection Division, is a 35-yr veteran of Underwriters Laboratories. He is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience.


Electrical Circuit Functionality During a Fire Scenario

Electrical power is essential for the continued operation of various types of fire safety related equipment under fire conditions. Fire safety equipment includes fire pumps, fire alarm signaling equipment, elevators, alarms and industrial process control equipment. The National Electrical Code addresses the importance of maintaining the circuit functionality by requiring protection from potential damage by fire, structural failure or operational accident in Article 695 for fire pumps, Article 700 for emergency systems and Article 760 for fire alarm systems.

Protecting the Foundation of Fire-safety

The attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City has raised concerns among Americans regarding the fire safety of high-rise structures. Until September 11, 2001, few people envisioned the total collapse of a high-rise building except under controlled conditions such as an implosion for demolition purposes. Today, the public’s concerns are heightened.