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With Greater Tampa Bay Area Fire Marshals, Inspectors and Property Managers.

Preparing for 2019

Some things we are doing in 2019 include:

Continue to expand our vast CSS Wireless Monitoring Network, provide more Fire Sprinkler underground work, Fire Alarm BDA Design and expand our territory in Florida.

As we continue our drive to deliver more accurate and clear web based Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler inspection reports for our customers, we are constantly attending seminars, training courses and upgrading to the newest technology.

In this New Year we will be launching new products to broaden our reach and provide top service in the life safety arena.




Critical System Solutions is proud to be a sponsor of the annual BOMA awards banquet held at Tampa Armature Works located in the Water District.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 88 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.

(Pictures showing: David Kirk, Bill Rhodes and Jason Ventre)



Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs) Systems: Our exciting new Public Safety Signal Boosters (BDA) that Enhance In-Building Emergency Responder Radio Communications and what you need to know from products, new code requirements and design applications.

CSS along with Honeywell’s Notifier UL2524 listed Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) solution offer the industries best UL listed solution. NEW buildings in Florida have been subject to ERCES requirements in the Florida Fire Prevention Code for some time.


  • All existing buildings & newly constructed buildings are required to have a Radio Frequency Signal Strength Survey by October 31st, 2019? This provides a 14-month window to complete the signal strength surveys for EVERY existing building in the state.
  • All buildings with insufficient in-building radio frequency coverage in critical areas of the building must install a ERCES/BDA before Jan 1, 2022. This provides only a 26-month window to install the ERCES/BDAs—including retrofit into existing buildings—into every building with poor in-building radio coverage. All newly installed BDA systems require licensed certified company (CSS) to annually test the system for proper operation per NFPA 72: 9.22.1 (verify code!)
  • NOTIFIER’s UL 2524-Listed BDA Systems include specific features designed to meet Florida-specific requirements that provide building owners to meet code—in advance of the mandated deadlines. Most BDA Systems are NOT UL listed and do not meet the standards for Enhanced Emergency Radio Communications, did you know that?
  • CSS is fully certified GROL FCC licensed with BDA certifications with factory trained designers and technicians to meet the UL standards for proper BDA building survey, application, design, installation and servicing.

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Fire Sprinkler Head Code NFPA 25 

Is your current company following the code standards?


• Leakage
• Corrosion**
• Physical damage
• Loss of fluid in the glass bulb
• Loading (dust or dirt) *
• Painting

* Minor dust and dirt can be blown off with canned air.
** A. – A degree of judgement should be exercised in the determination of the extent, location, and character of corrosion that would necessitate replacement. – Sprinklers shall be inspected from the floor level annually.

Contact Critical System Solutions for an inspection before you get randomly inspected by code enforcement.




High Rise Building Safety – CSS can help!

Meeting the latest in NFPA guidelines for building fire safety.

Fire Alarm:

  • Voice Evac Notification and Visual Notification.  Condos and Apartments (sleeping areas) meeting min. 75db at the pillow for Fire Alarm Speaker Voice Evac sound levels.  Most sleeping areas require one speaker per room now.
  • Smoke Control within the building.  Controlling and Pressurizing the building for evacuation purposes.
  • Compartmentation
  • DAS (Digital Antenna System) or Public Safety Radio Enhancers Partial Fire Sprinkler Protection or Full.
  •   Elevator control during a fire situation it is working properly.

Fire Sprinkler:

  • Full or Partial Fire Sprinkler Protection (Required 2003 Statue 718.112)   – 2010 Opt-Out (deadline was 2016) of full Sprinkler systems requires a ELSS Engineered Life Safety System.
  •   Fire Pumps meeting proper pressures at the roof and controllers working and monitored by FACP.
  • 5 year system testing


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Low Frequency Requirements in buildings with occupants living in or renting.

NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm Signaling Code

Modern, up to code, Fire Alarms are effective in notifying guests and residents especially when they awake. But what about when occupants are in a deep sleep in the middle of the night? In a 2010 U.S. Fire Administration study, it was found that 50% of fire fatalities in residential buildings occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (prime sleeping hours). Even more fatal fires occur between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. January 1, 2014 the National Fire Alarm Signaling Code (NFPA 72) introduced significant changes where all newly constructed hotel guest rooms and dormitory sleeping rooms, require 520 Hz low frequency audible fire alarm signals.

Buildings that require these safety devices in their sleeping areas:

  • Hotels/motels
  • College/university dormitories
  • Retirement/assisted-living facilities (without trained staff responsible for waking up patients)
  • Apartments/condominiums

Be sure that your property is up to NFPA 72 Code.

Critical System Solutions specializes in all Fire Alarm safety equipment and installations including Low Frequency Devices.

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Elevators Being Upgraded?

If not, it’s not “IF” it’s “When” will Code Enforcement be showing up for inspections.

In the State of Florida Elevator Code Upgrades are being enforced causing property managers, building engineers and Condo Boards in many cases hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Many times the one item overlooked in Elevator Upgrades is bringing the Fire Alarm up to code and capable of handling the newer recall features required once the elevators are brought up to compliance. “Grandfathered” buildings are no longer exempt and older fire alarm systems are usually out dated in terms of new code compliance with newer elevators and other required upgrades. Condominium owners and the boards have been known to update one and not the other, requiring more money to be assessed that they often are not aware of.  CSS suggests having your fire alarm inspected to make sure PRIOR to any elevator upgrade it meets the current requirements. Fire alarm code has been changing and local authorities are enforcing this throughout Florida. Keep in mind any upgrade (such as elevators) on the fire alarms normally mean the entire building needs to be brought up to the current fire code. Every situation varies but we wanted all of our customers to be aware of the potential costs involved.

Critical System Solutions works tirelessly to handle and deliver solutions that alleviate our customers from finding themselves out of compliance. All of our technicians are certified and up to date on regulations in this arena including NICET certified designers for all your Life Safety Fire Alarm or Fire Sprinkler needs.

Services we provide:

  • Installation
  • Fire Alarms
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Test and inspections

Contact CSS for free consultation.  CONTACT

Life Safety Systems & Security Integrated Solutions

Serving the greater Tampa Bay region for over 13 years specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of fire alarm and sprinkler systems, CCTV, security, access control and wireless emergency call. We provide full-service, comprehensive life safety systems and products designed to suit your unique needs. Our services primarily focus on commercial, retail, industrial, educational, hospitality and healthcare facilities. Critical System Solutions’ core values are in the quality of work we deliver and the safety, security and protection we provide to our clients.

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Life Safety Systems and  Legislation

Sprinkler requirements to continue

In June bill (HB 653) was vetoed that would have eased fire-protection requirements for older condominium buildings in Florida.   

This result follows the tragic stories that made the news where many residents fell victim to condominium fires that could have been prevented by better life safety systems.  

CSS is taking appointments for building fire system test and inspections. Call Today!

To find out more about our fire and life safety services for your commercial property