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EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AND TECHNICAL MANUALS!
We comb the Internet for all the latest stuff. Visit our Library to access manufacturer sponsored technical application guides and other educational materials of interest. No library card or membership required (watch for wild animals though)!
INSPECTION AND TESTING REPORT FORMS!
Our inspection and test reports are continuously reviewed and updated.
MANUFACTURER’S BULLETINS, RECALLS, AND TECHNICAL NOTES!
Visit our Bulletins page to review the latest information.
SPRINKLER HEAD TESTING!
Fire Sprinklers are required to be either replaced or re-certified after fifty (50) years of service. Quick Response sprinkler heads are required to be replaced or re-certified after twenty (20) years of service. In order to re-certify the sprinkler heads in your project, a random sampling of the building’s installed heads have to be submitted for testing. The number of heads you must send for testing varies between one and four percent (1% to 4%) of the total number of heads in your building.
The cost for this service by UL (after January 2020) is $50.00 per head with a minimum charge of $200.00 (prices are U.S. Dollars and will be invoiced in equivalent Canadian Dollars). The turn-around time for a report is normally five (5) business days.
The procedure for submitting samples is fairly simple.
1. Service providers (or building owners) must create an account with UL at https://fieldsprinklers.ul.com/users/sign_in;
2. Once an account has been created, you have to provide your billing information, etc.;
3. You then have to enter a project address (or building name) to generate a project ticket number. This number should be marked on the shipping box and included with the batch of samples.
4. Your samples have to be sent to:
If you have questions, or require additional information, please contact Jason Muellemann at
CANADIAN FIRE ALARM FIELD DEVICE INSTALLATION GUIDELINE!
Put this valuable tool in your truck! The Canadian Fire Alarm Field Device Installation Guide details minimum and maximum height requirements for wall mounted fire alarm field devices.
BUILDING LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS TESTING TIME CALCULATOR!
Check out an easy method that will help you determine how much time it will take to test a building by using our FREE Inspection Time Calculator. Click on the link in our Library. Brian Stegavig, (the former Fire Protection Program Manager at ASTTBC) and the nice folks at CFAA inspired us to create this very simple form. Just follow the basic instructions. If you have problems, please CONTACT US!
SIGNALINK FIRE-LINK® II APPLICATION GUIDE (CANADA)!
Check out our helpful guide for Jurisdictional Authorities wrestling with acceptance of Fire-Link® II as a means of in-suite signalling for residential or care occupancies!
FIRE ALARM ISOLATOR INSTALLATION, SERVICE, & TESTING!
We help you to understand the installation, service and testing requirements for Isolators! This includes downloadable PDFs that illustrate the three referenced wiring methods for a Class “A” Style “A” Circuit, a Class “A” Style “C” Circuit, and a Class “B” Circuit. There’s also a diagram which depicts wiring devices in a stairwell.
UNDERSTANDING AND IMPLEMENTING CAN/CSA B44-2007 FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS!
We explain Code requirements for existing elevators requiring Modernization in this SPECIAL REPORT!
PROVINCIAL CODES & STANDARDS IN EFFECT!
Our directory of adopted Codes and Standards details the various dates NBCC 2010 and NFCC 2010 were implemented in YOUR Province or Territory.
CHECK A ULC EQUIPMENT (OR COMPANY) LISTING!
Visit ULC’s searchable directory of equipment, companies, and services.
HAVING PROBLEMS ACCESSING ASTTBC'S WEBSITE ON YOUR MOBILE INTERNET DEVICE OR SMART-PHONE?
Don’t blame us! We've got a handy solution HERE! Just don't do it while you're driving! The link will take you to a page which also includes links to past issues of Suppress! and ASTTBC’s Practice Guideline.
FIRE ALARM VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & AGENCY LISTINGS
*Note: Please refer to our April 2017 Tech-News and Views! article regarding the changes Vancouver has instituted with their recently amended Bulletin 2000-021-BU/EL.
BACKFLOW PREVENTER TESTING ON FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM PIPING (i.e. SPRINKLER SYSTEMS)
NFPA 25 (2014) (the Standard referenced by Canada’s 2015 edition of the National Fire Code which has been adopted by many Provincial Jurisdictions) requires that backflow preventers serving fire protection system piping must undergo two separate and distinct tests on an ANNUAL BASIS and an INTERNAL EXAMINATION every five (5) years.
The two required tests are:
1. The Forward Flow Test and,
2. The Performance Test
The Performance Test is usually documented in a form the building owner (or their service provider) has to submit to the local jurisdictional authority responsible for water quality and (more than likely) DOES NOT provide any reference to the specific testing mandated by the Standard (and your Provincial Fire Code). The “upshot” is that there is NO PROPER TESTING being performed (or documented) for water based extinguishing systems in many Canadian communities! For more information, you can review this FAQ!
FIND (OR VERIFY THE QUALIFICATIONS OF) A CANADIAN REGISTERED FIRE EXTINGUISHER HYDRO-TEST AND CYLINDER REQUALIFICATION FACILITY!
Enter the name of an agency or search for one in your local area by clicking HERE!
CHECK A BRITISH COLUMBIA BASED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’S LICENSING!
Enter any one (or more) of the search options to verify your electrician’s licensing status. Choose “Electrical” in the pull down menu and type in your search parameters (you have to know the “home city” of your contractor if you’re searching by city).
FIRE SAFETY PLAN DESIGN GUIDELINES & SYMBOLS
Our expanded service just may help you land that "dream career"! If you're a fire equipment service provider, your search for that qualified technician just got easier!
SMOKE AND CO ALARM RECYCLING CENTRE (British Columbia)!
October 1st marked the start of a new province wide recycling program for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It's an initiative launched by the non-profit Product Care Association. You can find out more by visiting their website at:
NFPA STANDARDS ONLINE!
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