What exactly is involved with fire and life safety services?
We see it as a combination of the following components:
- The equipment (fire alarm panels, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and hoses, heat and smoke detectors, etc.);
- Education (fire warden training and other seminars, fire drills, fire safety blogs, etc.); and
- the Service itself (conducting inspections, installations, repairs, retrofits and service calls).
What governs Fire Safety requirements in our country, province, and city?
The National Building Code (NBC), Ontario Fire Code (OFC), Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provide the majority of legislation and requirements for device specifications and testing. Local fire departments also will have specific requirements for certain aspects of fire protection depending on the municipality in which your building resides.
How long are fire extinguishers good for?
Fire extinguishers must be inspected once a year and must be serviced every six (6) years by a certified contractor. Find out more here.
The budget is tight this year. Do we really need to do Annual Inspections?
Yes. As per Section 7.1 of the Ontario Fire Code, annual inspections must be conducted on fire emergency systems. These inspections must be conducted by a certified contractor as per Subsection 18.104.22.168. of the Ontario Fire Code. Any and all deficiencies found on site during the inspection must be corrected to bring them back to acceptable operating condition as required by the NBC, OFC, NFPA, ULC and/or local fire department. Any buildings which have not undergone an annual inspection of all fire emergency systems, and/or incomplete deficiencies are subject to fines or revoking of their building permit as per the local Chief Fire Official’s discretion.
What does a typical annual inspection look like, and who can conduct it?
An annual inspection involves testing and inspecting each individual fire alarm or sprinkler device as well as any other fire safety equipment in a building. Examples of these devices and fire safety equipment include, but are not limited to, smoke/heat detectors, sprinkler flow switches, manual pull stations, horns and speakers, fire extinguishers and hoses, exit signs and emergency lighting, and many more. The inspection must be done by a certified CFAA contractor.
How long does an inspection take?
An annual inspection can take as little as three 3 hours in the morning to spreading over two weeks. It depends on the number of devices that must be tested and inspected.
What’s the difference between inspecting and testing?
Inspecting something is to visually check the device. Testing something is to make sure the device functions as required. Here’s an example:
Conducting an Inspection on exit signs/emergency lighting involves ensuring that the bulbs which illuminate the sign are on. Testing the exit signs/emergency lighting involves manually altering the switch to test whether the back-up battery kicks in and powers the device for the required amount of time. Similar to this scenario, there are many other devices in a building which require inspection, testing, or both.
What is behind the doors of ProFire’s login page?
ProFire’s login portal is a secure host for our client reports. Whenever we conduct an annual or monthly inspection, or issue a certificate for a passed inspection, it is uploaded to our website for our client to access with their unique login and password.
I’m managing multiple properties, how does this work?
You only have to remember one login and password. We’ll upload all of your reports so you can access them in one spot. Your reports are organized by site/property address so you don’t have to go digging. We value your time!
What happens if ProFire’s website is down and I need access to my reports?
ProFire’s web team is always working diligently to ensure the website is running at all times, as we understand that access to your reports is very important. However, we do apologize if there are times where the website is not functional. As such, if you need access to your reports, simply call or email our office and our staff will email you the reports you need.
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