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Frequently Asked Questions

Read below to find out more about some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients.


Frequently asked questions about Fire Prevention Consulting

What is ASTTBC?

It stands for Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of B.C. It offers a certification program that ensures the technicians who inspect, test and maintain fire protection systems have the knowledge and training required by code to protect the public health and safety. Several municipalities have passed a Bylaw requiring ASTTBC Technicians to do this work.

How often should our equipment be inspected?

All equipment is required a minimum inspection cycle of once a year. NFPA & B.C. code do have regulations for equipment to be tested from daily to semi-annually. Give our office a call to learn more.

How often should we change our smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. To see if there are any municipal bylaws outlining this in your area, feel free to call out office or contact your local fire prevention officer. You can also read on about the replacement of smoke alarm from our B.C. Fire Commissioner in a bulletin dated July 3, 2012.

What interruptions can we expect during testing?

Most of our testing is pain free but some people with sensitive hearing don't like when we have to test the alarm bells. You may also experience some dirty water after the sprinkler systems and fire hydrants have been flowed. If so you can simply run a tap and the water will run clean once the sediment has settled.

How long should my emergency lighting last?

These lights are designed for immediate evacuation in the event of a power outage. Depending on your premise type they are meant to last ½-2 hours. They are not designed to stay running the entire time your power is out.

Is it important to winterize my dry sprinkler system?

In one word Yes! The purpose of these systems is to have protect areas that are prone to cold temperature and even though the piping is full of compressed air, it may have water inside the piping. This water could be from a false trip, a 3 year full flow or condensation. Its important to remove as much water as possible to prevent the system from freezing and bursting.

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