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Understanding ULC Certification and Its Benefits

If you own or manage any type of commercial building, you’re probably well aware that you need to have a fire monitoring system that complies with building and safety codes, as well as a burglar alarm. A ULC certificate is proof that your fire and burglar alarm systems meet industry standards. Here’s what you should know about ULC certification and the benefits it provides.


What Does It Mean?

ULC stands for the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada. It’s an organization that specifies the requirements that alarm companies have to meet in order to appear on their list of accredited providers. This applies to fire monitoring service providers as well as those who offer security monitoring services. The ULC’s requirements cover factors such as power supplies and response times.


Why Does It Matter?

A ULC certificate is necessary because it’s the only official proof that your fire or burglar alarm system has been correctly installed and functions properly. Local authorities and insurance companies will often need to see it to ensure you can operate and protect your premises from liability or losses. Not all alarm providers can satisfy those requirements, however, so it’s crucial that you check to make sure you’re well protected.


What Are the Benefits?

The main advantage of ULC certification is that it provides peace of mind that your property is protected by an alarm that complies with codes and regulations. It also means your monitoring service provider will have to adhere to certain standards. If they fail to do so, they might be penalized and have to pay a fine.

In addition, ULC certification will help you gain the confidence of your clients, investors, or tenants. If they know you take the protection of the property seriously, you’ll be able to operate without bothersome and zealous oversight, and you won’t have trouble securing funding for expansions, renovations, or upgrades.

Finally, you may also benefit from better insurance rates. While not all insurers do this, many may agree to lower your premiums if you can demonstrate that your fire and burglar alarm monitoring system meets the ULC standards. This will help you save money in the long run, and it’s a good reason to upgrade as soon as possible.


Professional Alarm Monitoring Services in Calgary and Lethbridge

If you’d like to learn more about ULC certification or are thinking about upgrading your alarms, Guardian Security Solutions can help. We provide a wide range of services, from installation to maintenance, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to request an estimate.