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How Often Should Your Fire Alarm Be Inspected?

If you run a business, you know the importance of having a working fire alarm system to keep your property safe. Are you sure you're keeping your alarm system in reliable condition? Here’s what you need to know about fire alarm inspections. The importance of fire alarm testing Regular fire alarm inspections are of paramount importance for all businesses. They mitigate the risk of fire-related incidents and minimize potential losses. For example, promptly identifying and fixing faulty equipment or malfunctioning systems prevents unexpected failures during an actual emergency. Furthermore, inspections ensure businesses comply with local fire codes and regulations, helping them avoid costly penalties and legal repercussions. Your organization’s commitment to regular fire alarm inspections safeguards the lives and well-being of your employees and customers. It also fosters a sense of security and trust.

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Fire alarm testing laws According to Alberta’s fire code, fire alarm systems must be inspected monthly and yearly. Here’s an overview of what’s required:

  • Monthly. The fire alarm’s emergency power supply must be tested monthly to confirm operability as per CAN/ULC-S536-M2004. It’s recommended that monthly tests be coordinated with emergency power generator tests, where applicable. Moreover, one manual pull station must be operated on a rotational basis, and the system checked for correct operation.

  • Annually. All fire alarm systems must be maintained, inspected and tested annually by a qualified and certified fire alarm company in compliance with the ULC Standard CAN/ULC-S536-13. This includes inspecting the control unit, annunciators, initiating devices and audible and visual signals. Once initial records are in place, the company must follow ULC Standard CAN/ULC- S536-13 for subsequent inspection and testing of the system.

It's also recommended that maintenance personnel or managers conduct a visual inspection of the fire alarm panel daily. These visual inspections include verifying that all control unit trouble signals are readily visible, that all remote annunciators are in proper operating condition and free of damage and that all initiating devices and notification appliances are in place, unobstructed and free of damage. Fortunately, Guardian Security Solutions is certified by the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) and offers comprehensive fire monitoring services to ensure your system is always functioning at peak efficiency.

Security alarms and surveillance systems in Calgary and Lethbridge

Guardian Security Solutions has been providing businesses in Calgary, Lethbridge and the surrounding area with fire monitoring services since 2005. We also carry indoor CCTV, commercial access control and thermal detection systems for businesses. Contact us today to learn more about our alarm systems and security products or to get a free quote for service in Calgary or Lethbridge areas.


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