7 Columbia hotels, motels upgrade alarm systems to meet fire code

Friday, December 21, 2012 | 11:25 a.m. CST; updated 5:42 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 22, 2012

COLUMBIA — The seven hotels that did not meet the city's fire alarm system requirements are now up to code.

The 2009 International Fire Code mandates Columbia hotels and motels that are more than three stories tall or have more than 20 sleeping units must install a monitored, manual fire alarm system, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said.

In August 2011, seven Columbia hotels began to install the required systems, Fraizer said. Hotels lacking proper systems included Deluxe Inn, America's Best Value Inn, Red Roof Inn, Days Inn Conference Center, Budget Host Inn, Super 7 Motel and Motel 6.

The installation, which cost $10,000 to $60,000, was completed at the beginning of December, Fraizer said. Another update was that the hotels put in manual fire alarm pull stations.

The monitored, manual fire alarm systems are serviced by security companies such as ADT and Tiger Security, Fraizer said. These companies notify a 911 center to dispatch the Fire Department in the event of an emergency. Also, fire alarms within the hotel or motel audibly alert occupants to evacuate the building.

These fire alarm system were necessary, Fraizer said, to quickly alert occupants and the Fire Department.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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