Fire Alarms & Security
What Inspections Does my Fire Alarm System Require?
BC Fire Code Section 6.3, CAN/ULC S536 and NFPA 72 require periodic testing of fire alarm equipment throughout the year. This testing includes daily, monthly, quarterly and annual inspections. See a list of the required fire alarm inspections.
Who can carry out the inspections of the fire alarm equipment?
Qualified technicians must carry out the annual inspection. The monthly inspections can be undertaken by on-site personnel. Fraser Valley Fire Protection can train your designated staff members (at no cost) to carry out these tests. However, for your convenience, we offer monthly and quarterly inspection services to ensure your equipment is fully functional. Find out more about fire alarm inspections.
What is the difference between a conventional fire alarm system and an addressable fire alarm system?
An addressable system provides more detail to first responders, such as which devices may have been activated. A conventional fire alarm will alert of a potential fire within a more general area.
Can I install hard-wired smoke alarms myself?
For the best outcome, we recommend and only allow that qualified electricians to install hard-wired smoke alarms. Some smoke alarms have auxiliary equipment connected to them, such as sprinklers and strobes. A qualified electrician should carry out the work to ensure functionality is maintained.
How often should I replace smoke alarms?
It is recommended that both battery-operated and hard-wired alarms should be replaced after 10 years. With battery-operated alarms, batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
What is the difference between an ionization smoke alarm and a photoelectric smoke alarm?
Ionization smoke alarms pick up flaming fires more quickly while a photoelectric smoke alarm responds more rapidly to smoldering fires. For you best protection, you should use a combination of both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms in your building.
How do I operate a fire extinguisher?
Keep the mnemonic PASS in mind to remind you of the steps for operating a fire extinguisher: (1) Pull the pin. (2) Aim low. (3) Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. (4) Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
When should I use a portable fire extinguisher?
Use a fire extinguisher only on a fire that is confined to a very small area, such as a sink or wastebasket. If the fire seems to be getting larger, exit the building and call your local fire department.
Do you service single-family residential dwellings?
At this time, we only provide fire protection and fire suppression services for multi-dwelling, commercial and industrial buildings.
What is the NFPA?
The NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association. This association is responsible for national fire protection codes and provides fire protection training and education. Learn more about the NFPA at NFPA.org / Codes & Standards
What Inspections do my Sprinkler Systems Require?
BC Fire Code Section 6.4 and NFPA 25 require periodic testing of sprinkler systems throughout the year. These include daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly annual, 3-year and 5-year inspections. See a list of the required sprinkler inspections.
Who can carry out the inspections of the sprinkler equipment?
Qualified technicians or fitters must conduct annual, 3-year and 5-year inspections. The monthly inspections can be undertaken by on-site personnel. Fraser Valley Fire Protection can train your designated staff members (at no cost) to carry out these tests. For your convenience, we offer monthly and quarterly inspection services to give you peace of mind that your equipment is fully functional. Find out more about Sprinkler Inspection Services.
What should I look for when checking my sprinkler heads?
Look for corrosion, paint, damage, or large amounts of dust on their sprinkler heads. If you see these issues please contact us so we can come to ensure your sprinkler head’s effectiveness.
Does my wet sprinkler system need to be winterized?
For wet sprinkler systems, it is important to ensure the building’s heating system is working and able to adequately warm areas where there are pipes.
Does my dry pipe sprinkler system need to be winterized?
Dry pipe sprinkler systems must be serviced before the cold weather each year. This involves draining the drum drips until they are moisture-free. Closing the top valve and opening the bottom to drain water. This is repeated until no more water comes out.
My fire sprinklers have never been activated. Why should I have them inspected on a regular basis?
Even though your fire sprinklers have not been activated, you should still have them inspected to determine that all the seen and unseen components are in proper working order. With the passing of time, components can degrade or flaws in a component can become apparent. Without an inspection, you would have know way of knowing if your system will be fully operational when you need it to be.
What are the advantages of installing a fire sprinkler system?
A fire sprinkler system reduces heat, flames and smoke arising from a fire in order to increase the amount of time building occupants have to safely escape from a building and minimize damage.