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HEADS UP! NEW SMOKE ALARM VERIFICATION AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA!
Vancouver, British Columbia - With the adoption of the 2015 National Building Code as the British Columbia Building Code 2018, some major changes are going to affect smoke alarm installations. The Canadian Standard that’s referenced is CAN/ULC-S553:2014 (Standard for Installation of Smoke Alarms). The most significant change to the Standard is Clause 4.2.1:
“The installation required by this Standard shall be documented in a report similar to that shown in Appendix C, Smoke Alarm Installation and Verification Report. A copy shall be given to the owner or the owner’s representative for the building and be kept available on site and retained for the life of the system.
Note: The requirement stated in Clause 4.2.1 is not intended to apply to single family dwellings.”
Of course, along with British Columbia’s new Building Code, we also have a new Fire Code, and it’s based on the 2015 National Fire Code. BCFC 2018 has also adopted some MAJOR changes on the smoke alarm front that also happens to include an Appendix C Annual Inspection Report form in CAN/ULC-S552:2014 (Standard for Inspection and Testing of Smoke Alarms).
Who’s going to Verify these installations? Who’s going to test them? What are the building owner’s responsibilities?
UPDATE! - January 20, 2019 - You can now download our version of the CAN/ULC-S552-14 Appendix “C” Smoke Alarm Inspection, Test, and Maintenance Report from our FORMS page! Please read the disclaimer on the page as it identifies some minor additions to the original Report published in the Standard, which will assist you in performing this service.
BRITISH COLUMBIA BUILDING CODE 2018 CHANGES EMERGENCY POWER REQUIREMENTS!
Vancouver, British Columbia - Two significant changes to the way technicians are going to be performing annual testing of fire alarm systems and emergency lighting systems in buildings of combustible construction up to six (6) storeys in height:
1. Sentence 18.104.22.168 now requires these buildings to have ONE HOUR of emergency power for emergency lighting; and
2. Sentence 22.214.171.124 has “upped” the requirement for a fire alarm system to operate in FULL LOAD alarm power for ONE HOUR (from the previous thirty minutes). The stand-by “supervisory” requirement of twenty-four (24) hours hasn’t changed. This will require some additional battery capacity.
For anyone interested, here’s a convenient link to the British Columbia Government website:
BRITISH COLUMBIA FIRE CODE ADOPTS NFPA 25 (2014) - INSPECTION, TESTING AND MAINTENANCE OF WATER-BASED FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS!
Vancouver, British Columbia - Significant changes in NFPA 25 (2014) are going to affect the way technicians test backflow preventers on fire sprinkler systems. These changes will require a number of local Jurisdictional Authorities to formulate an appropriate set of procedures. The relevant Clauses are:
126.96.36.199, which reads:
“All backflow preventers installed in fire protection system piping shall be exercised annually by conducting a forward flow test at the minimum flow rate of the system demand.”
“Where hydrants or inside hose stations are located downstream of the backflow preventer, the forward flow test shall include hose stream demand.”