Annual Maintenance Program
WCMCI Fire & Safety's maintenance program begins with a comprehensive inspection of all "Fire & Safety" equipment. Our certified fire alarm technician adheres to the Ontario Fire(OFC) and Building Code(OBC) requirements, and all applicable UL/ULC standards when conducting Smoke Alarm, and Carbon Monoxide detector testing and Fire Extinguisher maintenance.
Smoke and CO detector tester is sprayed into each Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm to functionally test the sensors. The alarms are thoroughly cleaned with canned air and all batteries are replaced with Energizer Industrials. The equipment's condition, the test results, and the device locations are recorded on an Inspection Report which is provided to the home owner at the end of the inspection.
CO alarms are tested at lethal concentration levels to ensure the response time meet the UL2034 Standard testing requirement. In addition, WCMCI Fire & Safety conducts an ambient Carbon Monoxide level check with a CO Meter to ensure Natural Gas appliances are functioning properly. A Visual CO detector is included with the service at no additional cost.
Fire Extinguishers are inspected and a full maintenance check is performed. WCMCI Fire & Safety ensures that 6 or 12 year service is completed when necessary to replace the dry chemical powder which prevents it from compacting.
A pillow test is conducted with a decibel meter as the alarms are ringing to ensure the audible signal will be heard in the bedrooms at night when family members are sleeping. The OFC Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm sound level requirement is 75 decibels at the pillow with the bedroom door closed. For safety reasons it is recommended all bedroom doors be closed while sleeping.
Homes equipped with Security System Smoke Alarms are functionally tested to ensure the monitoring station receives a smoke signal and can dispatch the fire department in an emergency.
*Home daycare providers, *foster parents, *rental property owners, *group home operators and *social housing authorities receive a *maintenance certificate.
Time For Change
Currently, there are no requirements in Ontario to have a certified fire alarm technician provide annual maintenance on a home's fire safety equipment. In spite of this, since 2015 the Ontario Building Code has mandated that Strobe/Smoke/CO alarms be installed in each new home. A pro has been the fire & safety awareness bar has been raised substantially.
Each year WCMCI removes 100s of expired and non-functioning smoke and CO alarms. We retrofit older homes with wireless interconnected alarm systems saving home owners thousands of dollars in electrician costs. The system is designed specifically for hard of hearing individuals as it incorporate spread spectrum signaling technology. An incredible and inexpensive fire safety retrofit. We are extremely proud that we have been able to make a difference for home owners by providing more time for families to escape fire emergencies should one occur with such a simple and fantastic upgrade.
Additionally, we continue to ensure fire extinguishers are being serviced, and re-certified and that individual families receive basic fire extinguisher training. It makes perfect sense that if you own a fire extinguisher you know how to use it.
- single and two parent families
- individuals with a physical disability
- empty nesters
- *home daycare providers
- *foster parents
- *rental property owners
- *group home operators
- *social housing authorities
Smoke Alarm Tester
CO Detector Tester
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
2022 - Annual Maintenance Price Guide
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Why Do Things Differently
We truly wish we could convince the 535,000+ home owners in Ottawa/Gatineau to have WCMCI Fire & Safety care for the family's home fire safety equipment maintenance. In fact, our client base is just a rain drop in the bucket in terms of potential. In the meantime WCMCI Fire & Safety will continue to create awareness one family at a time that there is an alternative service available other than the status quo which is one of neglect, removing batteries or just disconnecting faulty smoke and Carbon Monoxide. Don't be a statistic!
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