Interconnected Smoke Alarms in 9.5 building – annual

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      John WilsonJohn Wilson
      • Department Name: Perth Fire Services


      I’m curious about what everyone does about annual testing for interconnected smoke alarms with pull stations in 9.5 buildings that have been installed as per of which the maintenance is directed by which specifies S552. and the qualifications in Div C 1.2.2.

      I’ve got a ton of these buildings where there is a handful of alarms and a pull station. None of the owners seem aware that there are testing requirements and I just had a call from a service tech from one of the bigger companies from Ottawa that is working at a property here to clarify what I’m looking for as they don’t get these requests, only for full alarm systems.

      How does everyone else handle these?


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      Matthew RichardsonMatthew Richardson

      Hey Jon,

      The Code is pretty clear, “interconnected smoke alarm systems” require maintenance by a qualified person as per Div C and of Div B. If my staff encounter these systems they’ll make sure maintenance has been occurring and if it hasn’t, usually an inspection order is issued to address the problem. Most fire safety companies are on board with it as it’s extra business for them (at least in my area). Procedures in a fire safety plan should reflect this maintenance also.

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      John WilsonJohn Wilson
      • Department Name: Perth Fire Services

      Its pretty clear to me also as to what needs done. This requirement seems to be yet another lane in my uphill battle of owner’s education, I hadn’t also expected to have to educate the service providers in my area.

      What area are you in?

      Do you actually get reports indicating S552?

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      Joseph GardinerJoseph Gardiner
      • City: North Bay
      • Department Name: North Bay Fire & Emergency Services

      Good morning Jon,

      Our office will always issue a fire order for your particular predicament if the owner cannot provide annual testing reports in conformance with CAN/ULC-S552 requirements. I would tell the “company” you are dealing with to follow CAN/ULC-S552 maintenance requirements. We do no education on this specific item and only issue fire orders for noncompliance. I would suggest that the company provide a report that will confirm they have tested the system to CAN/ULC-S552 maintenance requirements. Send me an email if you need further information.


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