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Inspection of Fire Protection Equipment

Inspections are carried out annually and are typically scheduled from 6am – 2:30pm Wednesday to Fridays. Notice is given to the appropriate Building Director prior to each inspection via email.

We ask for the Building Director’s cooperation in order to perform the annual inspection, as well as their help in advising all building occupants of these upcoming tests on our behalf. If there are any issues with occupants not wanting the inspection team to enter rooms (due to sensitive experiments, access restrictions, etc.) please advise us ahead of time so that we can take appropriate steps. In addition, please advise us if these inspections could interfere with important activities (exams, special events, etc.) in the building, where we may need to re-schedule the inspection.

Those involved in the inspection process have been advised to be respectful building activities, and to cooperate with the users and occupants. Efforts will be made to remain as less intrusive as possible. 
Proper signalization will be installed at strategic points throughout the building, advising incoming staff, students and visitors that tests are in progress. The signalization will be removed once the inspection is completed.

Fire Alarm Inspections Consist of:

  • Ringing of the fire bells will occur one time, at no later than [Time TBD]. This is a necessary measure aimed at insuring that all bells function within normal parameters. Depending on the size of the building, the testing should last anywhere between 5 minutes to 1 hour.
  • A systematic room-to-room testing of all smoke/heat detectors: the process involves smoking or heating each detector until they react and send a signal to the fire panel. This process requires between 1 to 3 minutes per detector.
  • A systematic test of all manual pull stations. All manual pull stations are pulled and reset.

Sprinkler Inspections Consist of:

  • A room-to-room visual inspection of each sprinkler head is conducted.
  • Further system tests are conducted in the sprinkler room and do not affect building operations.

Maintenance of Fire Equipment

After every inspection a detailed report is received by the Operations sector.  The report is then analyzed by a Fire Prevention Officer who recommends or requests repairs to be made on the specified fire equipment.  It is with these recommendations/requests that a specialist is scheduled to complete the repairs and bring the equipment back to working order and to NFPA code. 

Fire Equipment Inspection Notice

Pay particular attention to the signage below. This notification is placed at building entrances to inform the community of an inspection in progress. Whilst prioritizing the safety of the McGill community, Operations will always attempt to limit any potential disruptions to normal daily routines.

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