Fire Alarm Inspections Vancouver

Adequate fire protection demands an effective, properly maintained fire alarm system. Any delay in detecting a fire increases the risk of loss for your building and its occupants.

That’s why the B.C. Fire Code (section 6.3), NFPA 72 and other industry standards (CAN/ULC-S536-04, previously S536-97) require annual and monthly fire alarm inspections.

To keep your fire alarm system in good operating condition at all times, you can trust our ASTT-certified fire protection technicians. We conduct these inspections thoroughly, in accordance with our strict quality-assurance standards. We train our fire protection personnel in-house to ensure everyone understands and follows our best practices.

We never compromise your life safety by cutting corners. Ever.

If you have any concerns about our service, we welcome your feedback and will do everything we can to address your concerns.

Learn more about Vancouver Fire's:

Full Service Fire Protection

As a full-service fire protection company, Vancouver Fire installs, monitors, inspects and tests fire alarm systems. We are just as passionate about expert 24-hour fire monitoring as we are about thorough inspections.

Why entrust your fire alarm needs to one fire protection company? When you use Vancouver Fire for both monitoring and inspections, co-ordination is simpler. There is less chance for miscommunication and error. And it is our sole responsibility to take care of your fire alarm system and repair it.

Our job is to make your job easier.

Annual Fire Alarm Inspections

The B.C. Fire Code (1998 BC Fire Code, Section 6.3), Vancouver bylaws, NFPA 72 and ULC Standard (CAN/ULC-S536-M97) require an annual in-depth test of a building’s entire fire alarm system. Our technicians test all aspects of your system, including:

  • An overall system check to ensure proper installation and examine any changes, alterations, additions or damage.

  • Access to, and functioning of, every connected device such as heat detectors, smoke detectors, pull stations, pressure switches, etc. This includes devices in all common areas as well as any device inside dwelling units.

  • All auxiliary and ancillary functions and connections.

  • Internal fire alarm panel.

  • Functioning of fire system monitoring, to ensure monitoring company is receiving required trouble and alarm signals.

  • Alarm zone annunciation and operation of all remote annunciators, which inform the fire department or on-site staff where the device has been activated.

  • Functioning of EVAC (evacuation) system, including voice communication and paging systems, firefighters’ phones and related equipment. 

After conducting this detailed review, our fire protection technicians prepare detailed documentation for review by fire department inspectors, insurance underwriters and property owners and agents.

We also inform you of any deficiencies requiring additional work. For your convenience, our installation department can replace or upgrade your fire alarm system.

Monthly Fire Alarm Inspections

A monthly “quick check” of the fire alarm system ensures its proper operation in between full annual tests. It includes:

  • Confirming the system power lamp is illuminated

  • Testing one pull station, to ensure it sets off the fire bells

  • Confirming the annunciator indicates the correct zone where the pull station was activated

  • Visually inspecting the standby power batteries to check for corrosion of the terminal connections

  • Testing the system's "trouble indicator"

  • Testing one emergency telephone

  • Testing paging capability to one zone

Although we will conduct monthly fire alarm inspections for you, we can train your on-site staff, free of charge, to conduct them. Training includes a complimentary binder of monthly report forms.

Contact us today to schedule a monthly inspection or your free training session.

In-Suite Testing

In some cases, fire alarm detection, audible and visual devices are located inside residential dwelling units, such as strata units. These devices are connected to the main building’s fire alarm system and must be tested annually. Therefore, access to residential dwellings is crucial to ensure complete system testing and code compliance.

Stand-alone, battery-operated in-suite smoke alarms are not connected to the fire alarm panel, but are usually tested at the same time.

Contact us today to schedule your fire alarm inspection.

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