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FAQ for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment

FAQ for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment

Having the right fire protection equipment for your Calgary property is one of the most important steps you can take to keeping the building and the people inside of it safe. In order to make effective use of your equipment, you also need to be properly informed about how it functions and how to maintain it. At Metro Fire Protection Ltd., we provide fire protection systems in Calgary for homes and businesses and we always make sure that our clients understand how to get the most out of their equipment.

Here are the answers to some common questions that we receive about fire protection systems and equipment.

Q: Do fire extinguishers require maintenance?
A: Fire extinguishers spend most of their time sitting dormant but they do need regular maintenance. About once a month, give your fire extinguishers a shake to keep the contents from becoming impacted. You should also have an annual inspection done by a professional, as well as a complete internal inspection of your fire extinguishers every six years.

Q: Is it necessary to have both a fire alarm and a sprinkler system?
A: It might seem redundant to have a fire alarm and a sprinkler system, but both systems are vital to keeping a safe facility. Fire alarms alert people inside of the building to the need to evacuate, while sprinklers start putting out the fire as soon as it is detected. Together, sprinkler systems and fire alarms greatly reduce property damage, injuries, and fatalities caused by fires.

Q: Are there different types of sprinkler systems?
A: Yes, not all sprinkler systems are the same and some are better suited to certain buildings than others. On top of the common wet sprinkler systems, there are also dry sprinkler systems which use pressurized air rather than water and sprinkler systems which use antifreeze as well as water. The type of sprinkler system you need will depend on factors such as your property’s fire hazard and assets.

Q: What is a fire pump and do I need one?
A: A fire pump is an important piece of fire equipment which ensures that every sprinkler in a sprinkler system receives the proper amount of water flow and pressure. Most buildings will benefit from having a fire pump, especially larger buildings and high rises.

Q: How often should I schedule an inspection of my Calgary fire protection system?
A: Just like your fire extinguishers, your entire fire protection system should be inspected and tested by a fire protection professional at least once a year. This allows any issues with your system to be quickly caught and corrected before they create a hazard.

Reliable Fire Protection Systems in Calgary

For fire protection equipment in Calgary that you know you can rely on, choose Metro Fire Protection Ltd. Whether you are working on a new building project or need to install a new fire protection system in an older property, our fire suppression experts will make sure that your system is properly installed and well maintained.

If you have any more questions about how to protect your property with the right fire protection equipment in Calgary, just contact Metro Fire Protection Ltd. today.


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  • Khorae Olivier
    March 7, 2018, 6:58 pm REPLY

    Thank you for the information about how fire extinguishers and other equipment do need maintenance from time to time even when sitting dormant. I never thought that it was necessary, but as I got older I started wondering if those things needed replacing every so often. I really like what you said about checking your fire extinguisher once a month and shaking it up to keep the contents from becoming impacted.

  • Jordan
    April 13, 2018, 11:22 pm REPLY

    I’ve been wanting to get a good fire suppression system service for my office. I’m glad you mentioned being able to look for a fire pump, which I think would be nice. I’m going to have to look for a good fire suppression system and see what the options are for us!

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