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Fire Alarm - Design and Verification

Industrial and commercial lighting design in Alberta

We've been asked by many business owners why they should be responsible for the cost to install and maintain a fire alarm system, even though their business have little fire risk. And we always answer, that as a society, we've come to expect a minimal level of safety from all buildings in the case of fire.

Fires kill because of smoke inhalation and getting people out as quickly as possible is all of our business.

As electrical engineering consultants, we provide fire alarm design and verification that's compliant to:

  • The Canadian National Building Code
  • The Alberta Building Code
  • Edmonton, Calgary and other local building code regulations.

Your fire alarm system is a part of a building's life safety systems and will be:

  • Designed to code
  • Drawings submitted to the local authority having jurisdiction
  • Installed by a certified technician (that's not us)
  • Verified, inspected and signed-off by an engineer (that's us!)
For businesses above a certain size, it's required by code to have a fire alarm system designed, verified and signed-off by an electrical engineer.


Similar to emergency lighting systems, fire alarms are required for certain but not all buildings in Alberta. Your building or business space must be above a certain size, occupancy and hazard level. For instance, a restaurant with a capacity of over 150 people will need one to system to safely evaculate the crowd. A small stand-alone cafe that only holds 30 people will not.

Fire alarm engineering deals with the design of a system that alerts occupants if there is a fire and may also automatically contact the fire department when tripped.

The goal of a well engineered fire alarm system is to detect the fire hazard as quickly as possible to protect lives and property. We not only look at the minimum requires by code but also look at the design from a structural point of view as fire can weaken the main structure of the building. Integrating the system with a NFPA 13 or 13R sprinkler system, HVAC and smoke dampeners (which are designed by mechanical engineering consultants) makes for a reliable and functional system.

Fire Alarm Services

Our electrical consultants design complete systems or renovated fire alarms systems with the following devices:

  • Coded fire alarm systems
  • Conventional systems
  • Fire alarm control panels
  • Heat detectors
  • Smoke detectors
  • Horns and strobes
  • Door openers

The national and provincial building codes mandate the type of fire protection for various types of buildings. Some high occupancy businesses and multi-residential buildings require both a fire alarm system and a fire protection system while other may require just an fire alarm system.

Give us a call at Paralynx Engineering and we'll help determine your required code compliance.

Making Modifications to an Existing Fire Alarm System

As your business space grows, additions and changes may be required by the City. A new exit door will require a new pull-station. An elevator upgrade may also trigger an upgrade (you don't want an elevator to open on the floor having the fire).

We provide professional engineering service for these types of tenant-improvement projects.

Give us a call first if your local authorities ask you for modifications to your fire alarm system.