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(a) "Alarm business" means the business by any individual, partnership, corporations or other entity of maintaining, servicing, repairing or installing any alarm system in or on any building, structure, facility or equipment.
(b) "Alarm system" means any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the occurrence of a fire condition, or emergency, or any other activity requiring urgent attention and to which the Fire Department is expected to respond.
Exception: Single station smoke detectors or other stand alone devices.
(c) "Alarm user" means any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind in control of any building, structure, or facility wherein an alarm system is installed and/or maintained.
(d) "Automatic dialing device" means a device which is interconnected to a telephone line and is programmed to select a predetermined telephone number and transmit by a voice message or code signal a fire or medical emergency message indicating the need for an emergency response.
(e) "False alarm" means the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, electrical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or of his employees or agents.
(f) "Interconnect" means to connect an alarm system including an automatic dialing device to a telephone either directly or through a mechanical or electrical device that utilizes the telephone, for the purpose of using the telephone line to transmit an emergency message upon activation of the alarm system.
(g) "Local alarms" means those alarms which activate an audible signal within the proximity of the premises only.
(h) "Alarm" means any audible or visible signal or intelligence indicating existence of a supposed fire, medical or other emergency requiring response and emergency action on the part of the Fire Department. Also, the alarm devices or device by which fire, medical, or other emergency signals are received.
(i) "Automatic" as applied to fire protection devices, automatic refers to a device or system providing an emergency function without necessity of human intervention and activated as a result of a predetermined temperature rise, rate of rise of temperature, or increase in the level of combustion products; or a device used to detect a liquid or gas flow in fire protection system.
(j) "Alarm system, automatic" means a manual fire alarm system containing automatic fire detection device(s) which activate a fire alarm signal.
(k) "Alarm system, manual fire" in an interior alarm system composed of sending stations and signaling devices in a building operated on an electrical circuit, so arranged that the operation of any one station will ring all signals throughout the building and at one or more approved locations.
(l) "Alarm system, sprinkler" is a visual and/or audible alarm activated by a water flow from a sprinkler system.
(m) "Detector, smoke" is an approved, listed detector for sensing visible or invisible particles of combustion.
(n) "Detecting device, automatic" is a device which automatically detects heat, smoke or other products of combustion.
(o) "Medical alarm" is a manual emergency alarm system containing a switch, button, pad, or similar device which causes the transmission of a medical emergency device.
(Ord. 54-93. Passed 8-16-93.)