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 November 2019

“With a fascist the problem is never how best
to present the truth to the public but how best
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the fascist and his group more money or more power.”
-- Henry A. Wallace
 

 

MASSIVE HEAT DETECTOR RECALL!

Owen Sound, Ontario - Chubb (Edwards) is the focus of a massive heat detector recall by Health Canada.  The ubiquitous 280 series of detectors have experienced a number of failures in the field, and Chubb has announced a recall programme that will partially fund a replacement unit and the labour to install it.  Heat detectors must be serviced/replaced by trained technicians or a licensed electrical contractor.  More information on this recall (and the Chubb sponsored replacement program) can be found at this link:

https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2019/70945r-eng.php

 

THE NEW SMOKE ALARM VERIFICATION AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS ARE EXPERIENCING SOME JURISDICTIONAL HICK-UPS!

Vancouver, British Columbia -The adoption of the 2015 National Building Code in many Canadian provinces and territories is creating some major headaches for some Jurisdictional Authorities.  How are they going to identify individuals qualified to VERIFY and ANNUALY TEST these devices?

The Canadian Standard that’s referenced for newly installed smoke alarms is CAN/ULC-S553:2014 (Standard for Installation of Smoke Alarms).  The most significant change to the Standard is Clause 4.2.1:

    “The installation required by this Standard shall be documented in a report similar to that shown in Appendix C, Smoke Alarm Installation and Verification Report.  A copy shall be given to the owner or the owner’s representative for the building and be kept available on site and retained for the life of the system.

    Note:  The requirement stated in Clause 4.2.1 is not intended to apply to single family dwellings.”

Of course, along with British Columbia’s new Building Code, we also have a new Fire Code, and it’s based on the 2015 National Fire Code.  A MAJOR change happens to include an Appendix C Annual Inspection Report form in CAN/ULC-S552:2014 (Standard for Inspection and Testing of Smoke Alarms).

You can download our version of the CAN/ULC-S552-14 Appendix “C” Smoke Alarm Inspection, Test, and Maintenance Report from our FORMS page!  Please read the disclaimer on the page as it identifies some minor additions to the original Report published in the Standard, which will assist you in performing this service.

 

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF FIRE INVESTIGATORS IS HOSTING A “BARN BURNING” WEBINAR.  DON’T MISS IT!

Toronto, Ontario - Just to clarify, the webinar is NOT about how to “burn a barn”, and likely won’t actually feature a “barn burning”, but you just never know.  Mark December 11, 2019 on your calendars!

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7354514933552730381

 

QUICK LINKS!

AHJ Training Courses are being offered by two (2) Canadian national associations:

  • The Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) - Please visit their website (link below) for information on one being held in your area.
  • The Fire Technicians Network (FTN) - Feel free to visit our Training Centre for available dates and cities!  To make arrangements for us to present our two day Course Programme in YOUR municipality, please Contact Us for details!

Canadian Fire Alarm Technician Certification:

Fire Protection Equipment Technicians (Extinguisher Service):

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