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Fire Alarm Systems & Fire Protection Systems

Great Toronto, Canada fire of 1904

No lives were lost in the Great Toronto fire in 1904.

Accidents will happen. Fires will happen. And to keep people safe and property damage to a minimum, a well-designed \ fire alarm system and fire protection system may be mandated by the provincial building and fire code..

Paralynx Engineering and engineering partners are experienced at designing of all types of building sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems. Your condo building, restaurant, commercial and industrial building will get the system you need to be compliant to the latest provincial building code.

After installation and verification, engineering sign-off is provided to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Canada has one of the lowest fire related death rates in the world. It wasn't easy to achieve. Cities have burned down - Toronto (1904), Kelowna (2003), Slave Lake (2011), Fort McMurray (2016) - with zero loss of life. Having the right fire protection system gives you enough warning to minimize the damage to lives and to livelihoods.

Fire Alarm Systems

Not all buildings require a fire alarm system, only those with a high occupancy or risk. To get your fire alarm system up to code, the following steps are required:

    In Alberta, Canada, fire alarm systems are designed and signed-off by electrical engineers.

    Fire alarms are required in high-occupancy or high-hazard buildings in Alberta.

  • Client - The local fire department or building department may request a modification to your system.
  • Electrical Engineer Consultant - Assessment of the existing system or determine the scope of a new fire alarm system.
  • Electrical Engineer Consultant - Design & drawings created.
  • Client - Submit drawings to the City or municipal district for approval.
  • Electrical Engineer/client - Issue drawings to fire alarm installation companies for quote.
  • Fire Alarm Installation Company - Order equipment, install & test.
  • Electrical Engineer - Witness & verification testing to provincial building code standards. This is done with the installation company.
  • Electrical Engineer - Sign-off on the fire alarm system. Issue schedule to the City.

Fire Protection Systems - Building Sprinkler Systems

Again, the provincial building code mandates automatic sprinkler systems (NFPA 13 versus 13R) on various types of buildings, not all buildings. To get your existing system modified or a new fire protection system designed, the following steps are required:

    In Alberta, Canada, fire protection systems for buildings are designed and signed-off by mechanical engineers.

    The provincial building code mandates the type of fire protection system for your building.

  • Client - The local fire department or building department may request a modification to your system.
  • Mechanical Engineer Consultants - Assessment of the existing system or determine the scope of a new fire protection system.
  • Mechanical Engineer Consultants - Design & drawings created.
  • Client - Submit drawings to the City or municipal district for approval.
  • Mechanical Engineer/client - Issue drawings to a mechanical contractor for installation quote.
  • Mechanical Contractor - Order equipment, install & test.
  • Mechanical Engineer - Review and inspect to ensure compliance to building code standards.
  • Mechanical Engineer - Sign-off on the fire protection system. Issue schedule to the City.

Your fire alarm system and fire protection system work silently in the background and on constant watch to you, your occupants and your building safe.