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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While advances continue to be made in the technology, the need for maintaining proper testing records becomes even more important. Once a month ylc so, take your vacuum on it’s lowest setting and utilizing a soft brush attachment, clean out uoc vents of the detector.

Smoke particles obscure the receiver, and the unit goes into alarm. This type of detector works best for fast flaming fires that produce small amounts of smoke. Applying household voltage to the interconnection wire will result in the destruction of any connected alarms and may 044 cause a fire.

If the sensor is part of an 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. Smoke and fire detectors should be considered an integral part of any home or business security system.

There is a possibility that you may inadvertently set off the fire alarm system. This form must include without exception the following: Most fire alarm systems employ zoned annunciators so that fire fighting personnel can be dispatched dan the proper area of the building. A brush attachment may assist in removing accumulated dust. These sensors have a limited service life usually ten years and some require regular battery replacement.

Your service agency MUST identify those detectors that it could not perform this test on. 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 system employs a UDACT communicator, the technician must ensure that appropriate signals uoc by the system during the testing must be received at the monitoring station; Field addressable relay modules must be listed on the Individual Device Test Recordand their locations and function documented.

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.

Photoelectric type smoke detectors utilize an infrared light source called the emitter and a receiver, both of which are located inside the sensing chamber.

There are a number of companies in the Lower Mainland that perform this service. Please contact us for more information. You can download a convenient monthly test record in PDF format. This type of detector is best used in residential applications, as it provides extremely good early warning caj smoldering type fires that tend give off dense smoke and noxious fumes.


National Canadian Fire Alarm Code and Standards – CFAA

Fire Alarm System Inspection Services. Powered independently of the ca alarm control, these devices are normally not connected to it. 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”.

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.

Vancouver, Richmond, and Langleythe individuals performing annual testing must be registered by ASTTBC or certified by an agency recognized by the local authority. Your sprinkler system may incorporate a flow switch or switches that are connected to your smoke alarms. Extinguishment, Deluge, and Sprinkler Systems. Modern smoke alarms will only switch low voltage i. Fuel levels and a low fuel caan indication the low fuel alarm set point should be checked to ensure the unit is cab to deliver emergency power for the duration required by the Building Code for the type of occupancy; In-suite signals if equipped with a silence feature must be hlc for proper operation of the silence d536 including resounding if signals are silenced and a second alarm zone is activated ; Duct mounted smoke detectors must be individually tested and some rather detailed results recorded namely the differential pressure and the sensitivity reading on ca 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.

Rechargeable batteries shall not be used in smoke alarms unless specifically recommended by the manufacturer.

If in doubt, replace the unit and dispose of the old one in a safe manner. Supporting field devices must also be listed.

CAN/ULC-S536-04 Fire Alarm Annual Inspection Test Form

There are two types of smoke detectors alarms: Please review additional Article 9 testing requirements on the Passive Systems page. Monthly Testing – Requires the building management or designated individual to actually initiate a fire alarm by activating one of the building’s pull stations. Annual Testing – The Annual Test of the fire alarm system is performed by qualified technical personnel to a specific National Standard.

The function of the various relays correlated to these devices must, however, be individually recorded. They incorporate an internal sounder and some also have a visible notification component strobe light to provide a localized alarm signal. Building Life Safety Audits. 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 to keep it operating at peak efficiency.


We provide expert inspection services to all makes and models of fire alarm and extinguishment systems. 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. The montly test is to ensure that all audible and visual alarm indicators function properly and are loud or visible enough to alert all the occupants to a fire condition.

When sufficient particles accumulate, the unit goes into an alarm condition. 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.

CAN/ULC-S Fire Alarm Annual Inspection Test Form

Never paint cna sensor! 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 – dan 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 Record.

Steam from your hot bath, shower, or operating dishwasher may accidentally “set-off” one of these units. A specific reference to the Standard on the front page of the report s36. It might be a good idea to suggest that they practice their individual escape plans during the test as well.

Older model alarms may be switching normal household voltage VAC in order to sound an audible alert when a sprinkler head activates.

A security or fire alarm system that employs integrated ulv detectors is by far the best way to protect your family or workers. In some municipalities e. These units are vulnerable to electrical failures they won’t function in the absence of power. 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 caj homing, and machine room and shaft fire operation ; Smoke control functions electrically operated dampers, fans, pressurization fans, etc.