Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has issued a letter this month to inform Building Owners, Operators, and Managers, and Fire Protection Service Providers on the requirements for testing and maintenance of Fire Protection Standpipe systems in accordance with the National Fire Code 2019 Alberta Edition and NFPA 25-17. In particular, this letter outlines the maintenance and testing of pressure-reducing devices and pressure-reducing valves. Periodic Testing requirements for Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) are as follows:

  1. Quarterly Inspections to verify that valve is in the open position, not leaking, and maintaining downstream pressures in accordance with the design criteria, and to ensure handwheels are installed and are not broken
  2. Annual Partial flow test to move the valve from its seat
  3. Full flow test at 5-year intervals. Results shall be compared to the previous test.

This letter also outlines the responsibility of property owners or their designated representatives for proper maintenance of a water-based fire protection system as per NFPA 25, 2017 Edition. In case a service provider is contracted to conduct annual inspection and testing of a system by a building owner, This inspection and testing should also include any inspection and testing activity that is performed during daily, weekly, quarterly, and semi-annual inspections.

To find out more, check the letter below from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Issued on September 10th, 2020.