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BC FIRE CODE COMPLIANCE
•1) Unless otherwise specified, the owner or the owner’s authorized agent shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this code.
- Note: The above regulation is the most important clause in the BC Fire Code. The responsibility of complying with the code lies solely with the building owner or the building owner’s authorized agent. The authorized agent is often a property manager hired by the owner to perform maintenance, building upkeep, and routine equipment tests in order to comply with the fire code.
Fire protection service companies are then hired by the property manager to perform monthly, annual, and in some cases 3 and 5 year tests and inspections. There are also daily inspections (confirm the power on light is illuminated at the fire alarm panel) stated in the fire code that building owners are required to undertake.
- It is incumbent on the fire protection service companies to perform and document the tests and inspections in accordance with CAN/ULC S-536-13 (Standard for the Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems), CAN/ULC S552 (Standard for the Inspection and Testing of Smoke Alarms) and if the building is equipped with a sprinkler system, the requirements of the applicable NFPA 10 Standards that are referenced in the BC Fire Code.
The documentation of the above mentioned tests and inspections are then required to be placed onsite in the Fire Safety Plan for a minimum of two years.
- If these procedures are not performed exactly as stated above, the fire protection service company is exposing the owner and the owner’s authorized agent to serious infractions of the BC Fire Code. (see our “News” tab for recent court cases in Ontario and Alberta).
It is the mission of the Vancouver Island Fire Protection Association to educate owners, authorized agents, Authorities Having Jurisdiction, and Fire Protection Service companies of the requirements and procedures necessary in order to comply with the BC Fire Code and the subsequent regulations and standards referenced within.
- Owners and owner’s authorized agents are exposed to serious fines if these codes, standards, and regulations are not followed.
Standards Referenced in the BC Fire Code
CAN/ULC S-552-14 Standard for Testing Smoke Alarms
CAN/ULC S-537-06Standard for the Verification of Fire Alarm Systems
CAN/ULC S-536-13Standard for testing and inspection of Fire Alarm Systems
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