HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2017 promises to be an interesting year. We extend our best wishes to all of our members and readers for a year full of joy, peace, prosperity, and good health. Stay safe!
OUTDOOR MOUNTED FIRE ALARM ANNUNCIATORS
ADDRESSING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!
Surrey, British Columbia - It all started innocently enough. The phone rang and I answered like I always do: “Fire Technicians Network, good afternoon!”. And on that bright Thursday afternoon in November, things suddenly “went south” in a big way. The old cliché about the shoe dropping comes to mind. Only in this case it was the heavy steel-toed variety. And BOTH hit the floor together.
The contractor on the other end of the line had just received a visit from a local inspector. The fire alarm outdoor annunciator enclosure he was in the middle of installing wasn’t properly marked. No CSA. No NEMA (not that this part matters in Canada). No ULC. So I asked him whose equipment it was... Read more in our December 2016 Tech-NEWS EXTRA!
CELEBRATING TEN YEARS!
Surrey, British Columbia - October 18th of this year will mark the Fire Technicians Network’s tenth anniversary. We’re gearing up to celebrate. Watch this space for more information!
AVOIDING THE RED ZONE!
Surrey, British Columbia - Monthly testing of building life safety equipment must be performed and documented (you can download a sample form from our FORMS page)! The National Fire Code (currently the 2010 version is referenced in BCFC 2012), states that building owner, or their authorized agent is responsible for maintaining fire protection equipment in an operational condition in Sentence 18.104.22.168(1) of Division C.
It’s also important to note that all:
“Records of tests, inspections, maintenance or operational procedures undertaken after the initial tests referred to in Sentence (2) shall be retained so that at least the current and the immediately preceding records are available.”
[BCFC 2012 Division C Sentence 22.214.171.124.(3)]
“Notwithstanding the conditions stated in Sentence (3), no record shall be destroyed within two years of having been prepared.”
[BCFC 2012 Division C Sentence 126.96.36.199.(4)]
It goes without saying that the extinguisher depicted in this photograph IS NOT operational. The fact that the seal is still intact suggests that there may be a leak at the valve stem. As an owner (or building manager), it’s important to remain vigilant, because avoiding the red zone is what it’s all about!
We go indepth on fire extinguisher service and maintenance in our latest Editorial!
ASTTBC’s NEW FORMS PAGE! (UPDATED)
Surrey, British Columbia - Just in case you missed it, ASTTBC has re-established their Forms page. It serves as a useful tool for both Building Owners and AHJs by identifying the testing forms an RFPT must submit.