Dear members of the ULC Committee on Fire Alarm and Life Safety Equipment and System (ULC-SF). Enclosed for CAN/ULC-S CAN/ULC-S ULC is pleased to announce the publication of the Fifth Edition of CAN/ULC- S, Standard for. Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems. This National. SCOPE. This Standard provides requirements for the inspection and testing of fire alarm systems and specifies the devices and functions to be inspected.
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The function of the various relays correlated to these devices must, however, be individually recorded. While advances continue to be made in the technology, the need for maintaining proper testing records becomes even more important. All addressable devices must be individually listed on the Device Test Record sheet.
Smoke particles obscure the receiver, and the unit goes into alarm. Smoke and fire detectors should be considered an integral part of any home or business security system. Fire Alarm System Inspection Services.
Door holders and releases you, as the building owner, should know the difference and how they operate on a fire alarm activation ; Elevator recall functions general alarm homing, alternate floor homing, and machine room and shaft fire operation ; Smoke control functions electrically operated dampers, fans, pressurization fans, etc. Batteries must be subjected to one of FIVE 5 test methodologies the fifth one involves replacement of the batteries with a new set ; Gen-sets if part of the emergency power supply must be tested for run and trouble indications at the fire alarm control.
Have someone standing by the panel so that they can cancel or silence any audible alarm quickly. As we noted on the Services page, very few of the service agencies which are engaged in providing annual testing actually perform this to the level required by the Standard. If in doubt, replace the unit and dispose of the old one in a safe manner.
Photoelectric type smoke detectors utilize an infrared light source called the emitter and a receiver, both of which are located inside the sensing chamber. A brush attachment may assist in removing accumulated dust. When sufficient particles accumulate, the unit goes into an alarm condition. Your sprinkler system may incorporate a flow switch or switches ilc are connected to your smoke alarms. Most house fires start in the electrical wiring so it’s a good idea to have a battery operated smoke alarm installed as a “back-up”.
Monthly Testing – Requires the building management or designated individual to actually initiate a fire alarm by activating one of the building’s pull stations. Your service agency MUST identify those detectors cann it could not perform this test on. This type of detector is best used in residential applications, as it provides extremely good early warning to smoldering type fires that tend give off dense smoke and noxious fumes.
Where hearing impaired patients or occupants are located, it is usual to have strobe lights located along corridors and in individual rooms to indicate an emergency condition exists in the building. Modern smoke alarms will only switch low voltage i. Annual Testing – The Annual Test of the fire alarm system is performed by qualified technical personnel to a specific National Standard.
In some municipalities e. There are two types of smoke a536 alarms: A specific reference to the Standard on the front page of the report i. Regardless of the type of detector your residence or building employs, there’s some additional maintenance you can perform to ensure the continued peak efficiency.
A security or fire alarm system that employs integrated smoke detectors is by far the best way to protect your family or workers. For homeowners with ten year old multi-station type smoke alarms or who may be contemplating changing or upgrading their existing units!
CAN/ULC-S Fire Alarm Annual Inspection Test Form
Most fire alarm systems employ zoned annunciators so that fire fighting personnel can be dispatched to the proper area of the building. You can download a convenient monthly test record in PDF format. If the sensor is part of ukc actual fire alarm system, make sure you alert other tenants in the building as to what you’re doing as well as your monitoring station if applicable. For more information you can email us or telephone Correction of any troubles should be left in the hands of a trained Anubis Systems Technologies fire alarm service technician.
Check the date stamp located on the back of the detector and ensure you follow the care and maintenance instructions that came with it to make sure csn keep it operating at peak efficiency. Daily Testing General – is the responsibility of the building management or an individual they’ve designated to perform these duties.
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Most smoke detectors installed today are wired directly to the household electrical system. It’s also prone to false alarms when installed close to bathrooms or kitchens with older style dishwashers.
Zones or module numbers if the system being tested is addressable must be recorded for each field device on the Individual Device Test Record ; End-of-Line devices resistors – these have to be listed along with their locations on the Individual Device Test Record and specific testing must be conducted that requires their physical dismounting and re-installation; Isolators data buss, power buss, and in-suite signal isolators – these have to be listed on the Individual Device Test Record including a reference to their actual location and some may require physical dismounting in order to affect a proper test; Smoke detector sensitivity readings – results must be recorded on the Individual Device Test Uoc.
They incorporate an internal sounder and some also have a visible notification component strobe light to provide a localized alarm signal.
For detectors that cannot be properly tested, your local authority may require you to initiate a replacement program where a certain number of detectors are upgraded automatically every year.
These are the units that provide an interconnection to conventionally wired devices like manual pull stations, sprinkler isolation valves, flow switches, low air and the like; If your ul employs a UDACT communicator, the technician must ensure that appropriate signals generated by the system during the testing must be received at the monitoring station; Field addressable upc modules must be listed on the Individual Device Test Recordand their locations and function documented.
Please contact us for more information. Building Life Safety Audits. Applying household voltage to the interconnection wire will result in the destruction of any connected alarms and may even cause a fire.
CAN/ULC-S536-04 Fire Alarm Annual Inspection Test Form
Extinguishment, Deluge, and Sprinkler Systems. There is a possibility that you may inadvertently set off the fire alarm system.
Older model alarms may be cxn normal household voltage VAC in order to sound an audible alert when a sprinkler head activates. In this instance the detectors are powered by a stand-by battery that will ensure continued protection even in the complete absence of electrical power or a “brown-out”.
Fuel levels and a low fuel trouble indication the low fuel alarm set point should be checked to ensure the unit is able to deliver emergency power for the duration required by the Building Code for the type of occupancy; In-suite signals csn equipped with a silence feature must be checked for proper csn of the silence function including resounding if signals are silenced and a second alarm zone is activated ; Duct mounted smoke detectors must be individually tested and some rather 40 results recorded namely the differential pressure and the sensitivity reading on the Individual Device Test Record ; Stand-alone capabilities of networked systems must be tested and properly documented; Sprinkler system interconnection isolation valve supervisory signals, flow switch alarm, tamper, low temperature, heat trace controller trouble and supervisory, low air, etc.
Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.
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It’s a good idea to check the battery compartment every six months for leakage or corrosion on the terminals. Please review additional Article 9 testing requirements on the Passive Systems page.
This type of detector works best for fast flaming fires that produce small amounts of smoke. Steam from your hot bath, shower, or operating dishwasher may accidentally “set-off” one of these units. The common control employs several features to enable the occupants to identify any specific problems within the system.
The montly test is to ensure that all audible and visual alarm indicators function 40 and are loud or visible enough to alert all the occupants to a fire condition. Use only alkaline hlc lithium type batteries and make sure you double check the expiry date on the battery and test it before you place it in the unit.