We are surprised that your “Service Provider” has not provided you with the information you are asking. Fortunately, we can help you out with your questions and any services you might need. Your answers are as follows:
1. Yes the inspections are required as per the Alberta Fire Code & NFPA 72 and should be completed by a Technician with a Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) training certificate or an Electrician with training for Fire Alarm System Maintenance.
2. The Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Sprinkler Systems is governed by the Alberta Fire Code and NFPA 25 (Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems). The inspections should be done by a qualified Company that regularly services sprinkler systems and has trained staff holding a Journeyman’s Certificate.
The individual Sprinklers should be examined from the floor annually. The actual testing times vary for the type of sprinkler installed. For example, a “fast response” sprinkler should be test at 20 years and every 10 years thereafter. Where as a “standard response” sprinkler need be tested at 50 years and every 10 years thereafter.
3. The need for Flushing a Sprinkler System is found by performing an Obstruction Investigation. This should be done every 5 years and if there is an obstruction then the system would require flushing. Again, this should be done by a qualified Company that regularly services sprinkler systems and has trained staff holding a Journeyman’s Certificate.
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Nicola B on August 09 2018 at 11:12 AM