Fire Safety Inspections Program
The Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service undertakes regular fire inspections of all public and commercial buildings on a systematic basis. Fire Inspections ensure the safety of the public, occupants of the building and Fire Fighters who may be required to enter a building during an emergency. During an inspection, an Inspector will look for any fire hazards in and around the building, ensure the proper installation and maintenance of certain life safety systems, and check posted signs and information as per the BC Fire Code, BC Building Code and Municipal Fire Bylaws. Therefore, it is important that business owners and landlords understand the general requirements of a routine inspection.
The following is a list of items that are most commonly checked during annual (or semi-annual) fire inspections:
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Automatic Sprinkler Systems
- Emergency Lights
- Exiting including: Signs, Doors and Means of Egress
- Fire Doors
- Fire Extinguishers
- Indoor and Outdoor Storage
- Storage of Flammable or Combustible Liquids
- Laundry Rooms
- Fire Safety Plans
- Fire Department Connections (for sprinkler systems) and Fire Hydrants
- Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hood Systems
- Spray Booths
The New Building Checklist outlines the requirements new buildings must complete prior to final occupancy. Review the checklist to ensure that you are prepared.
Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue conducts routine inspections of all public buildings on an annual, once or twice a year basis. To book a non-scheduled inspection, please contact, Deputy Chief Brad Perrie at (604) 465-2412.
All technicians performing inspections, testing or maintenance of fire safety equipment or systems must be certified under the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act of BC.
Fire protection equipment includes, but is not limited to:
- Fire alarm systems
- Automatic sprinkler systems
- Special extinguishing systems
- Portable fire extinguishers
- Water supply systems for fire protection
- Standpipe and hose systems
- Fixed pipe fire protection systems in commercial
- Kitchen exhaust systems
- Smoke control measures
- Emergency power installations
- Emergency lighting systems
Fire protection technicians are also required to properly record and tag or label any inspections, as required by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) and the BC Fire Code.