October 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm #2163
We are a 32 unit condo in Northern Alberta and would like some input on experiences of Fire alarm systems.
1. We have had an annual inspection of all alarms in our bldg. and have replaced some of the horns as our bldg. is now over 10 yrs. old.
Are inspections mandatory annually?
2. Who would inspect the sprinklers that are located throughout the units and common areas? How often would these sprinklers require
testing or examination?
3. How often would the water lines for Fire suppression require to be flushed?
Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences.
Originally posted by Eugene K
October 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm #2164
wouldn’t want to lead you astray regarding fire code matters, so I hope someone with that expertise will respond to #1, and perhaps #2.
As for #3, we raised this question at a recent board meeting. Our property manager told us that flushing is not required, but is highly desirable, at least annually. The water in the pipes can become stagnant otherwise, making recovery of property after a fire harder due to organisms in the water leaving an irremovable odor. Our maintenance manager does a flush at least twice a year, along with parkade cleaning.
Robin W on August 03 2018 at 11:02 AM
October 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm #2165
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
October 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm #2166
Tks for your comprehensive response Nicola.
Eugene K on August 09 2018 at 01:10 PM
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