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Fire Emergency Systems in High-Rise Buildings

Fire Emergency Systems in High-Rise Buildings

When it comes to fire safety, high-rise buildings must be specially equipped to prevent a disaster from occurring.  Without proper fire emergency systems in your high-rise building, a minor incident could rapidly escalate into a major tragedy. To protect your building and ensure the safety of occupants, strict guidelines must be followed by building staff.  Regular inspections are an absolute must to ensure these guidelines are being followed, keeping your building safe.  Here are the most common requirements for fire emergency systems in high-rise buildings:  Elevators are to be controlled by a keyed switch  A designated firefighter’s elevator must be present in the building  Smoke shaft, exhaust system and/or windows must act as means of ventilation from each floor area to outdoors  Sprinklers must be installed throughout the building; see this post for sprinkler valve inspection requirements In the event that any of the fire alarm and sprinkler systems are off-line for

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A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

A Spotlight on Tap Report Use in Commercial Real Estate Property Management

Provide a description of yourself and your company.  I'm a Supervisor of Operations at Southcore Financial Centre overseeing two office buildings downtown Toronto. What do you use Tap Report for?  We use Tap Report to inspect and log all mechanical equipment daily in both buildings.  As a manager of multiple properties what do you find most valuable about Tap Report?  The Tap Report system has made it easy to organize the logging systems for both buildings here at Southcore Financial Centre. I can now keep an eye on our equipment easily and be notified if any equipment has not been logged or has malfunctioned.  What do you think has improved the most with using Tap Report?  How quickly I receive information on malfunctioning equipment. Tap Report speeds up the flow of information through instantaneous notifications and workflow to responsible individuals.  How has Tap Report streamlined the inspections of your buildings?  Tap Report has made it easy for me as a supe

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Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Escalators should be inspected daily during startup and shutoff to reduce hazards. The Canadian Standards Association’s CSA B44 sets out safety standards for elevators and escalators. Things you should look for during your inspections: Ensure obstructions are not lodged in the gaps between the step and side panel (“skirt”) If your escalator infrastructure is aging, consider adding brushes to the side panel to stop objects and shoes from getting caught Apply friction-reducing product to the side panel monthly if your escalator is an older model Ensure areas where passengers mount and dismount (landing/comb plates) are clear of obstructions Ensure landing/comb plates and step edges are painted yellow for accessibility Ensure adequate lighting on landings/comb plates and steps Ensure there are not broken “teeth” on the steps Ensure proper signage is installed and visible i.e. strollers and carts are prohibited signage Check for unusual noises and vibrations  Ensure the esca

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Digital Inspections ROI

Digital Inspections ROI

Digitizing inspections come with many benefits such as eliminating paper work and storage, ensuring compliance, and reducing labour costs. So how much do you really save? To answer this question, we broke workplace inspections and documentation processes into 3 main components: Paperwork and storage Ensuring compliance Labour costs Paperwork and Storage A popular method for inspecting locations/equipment is with pen and paper. Workers sign a paper tag at the location/equipment, then fill out a log sheet which is later submitted to the manager for review/action and eventually ends up in storage. When diving into the numbers, we found that the paperwork costs associated with inspections can really add up. We used data from our existing clients, who include hospitals, storage facilities, factories and commercial properties to determine the costs of paperwork associated with manual inspections. We used 500 locations/equipment with inspections on a monthly basis as a cons

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Sprinkler Valve Inspections

Sprinkler Valve Inspections

Sprinkler valves are an important part of a fire protection system that controls the pressure and flow rate of the water supply. You want to make sure that your sprinkler valves are in good working order because you never know when a fire will occur and water will be needed to ensure that the fire does not spread any further. Regular inspections can help maintain your sprinkler valve systems, identify any deficiencies and ensure they are functional. Here are some things you should look for during your sprinkler valve inspections: Water pressure - document in PSI or kPA. You want to make sure that the sprinkler valves have sufficient pressure to reach and extinguish a fire if required.  Position of the valves – are they positioned in normal open/closed state?  Accessibility - are the valves easily accessible? Are there any obstructions near the valves?  Condition - are the valves in good condition? Is there any physical damage present?  Leaks - are there any external or internal

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Are Drones the Future of Building Inspections?

Are Drones the Future of Building Inspections?

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) that can fly in the air. They’ve been an extremely popular tech gadget for consumer use but slowly, industry uses are being applied. It may seem like drones are a new phenomenon but the technology actually dates back to WWI military use.  A Business Insider article outlines how drones have changed over time through seven progressive generations that range in capabilities. First generation is characterized by basic remote control capabilities. Second generation includes manual piloting and audio-visual capabilities such as camera and video recording. Generations 3-5 progressively have better audio-visual capabilities like 360 degree visuals and safety features including autopilot. Generations 6-7 have enhanced safety features which allow drones to be more suitable for commercial use. These safety features include various piloting modes, accurate sensors, airspace and autonomy awareness and auto-action allowing for self-takeoff, landing

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Future of Inspections

Future of Inspections

Inspections have changed over time and they continue to change with advances in technology. There are a lot of trends and buzzwords being used right now that have the potential to impact how inspections are performed in the future. We’ve all heard of these buzzwords but understanding what they mean at a basic level may be a bit challenging, so we’re going to walk you through the latest trends, discuss their strengths and make you aware of their pitfalls and things to consider.  Trends include: Internet of Things (IoT) Analytics and Big Data Drones Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Internet of Things (IoT) IoT is a giant network of things/devices that are connected to the internet. [1]  These devices collect and exchange data using sensors, making them into “live objects” where the data can provide an understanding of what’s going on with the device. The data collected can be shown on a dashboard to deepen this understanding and can be used for a v

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How to Inspect?

How to Inspect?

There are different ways of satisfying inspection requirements and they have evolved over time. Inspection methods include: Pen and Paper Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Near-Field Communication (NFC) The most basic form of inspection uses pen and paper; it’s also the most widely used method at the moment. Personnel go to each location with their paper form or check list and mark down that they have inspected the equipment and note any deficiencies. A manager collects all records of the inspection to review and verify that all areas have been inspected and notify the appropriate personnel of any deficiencies found through email or a work order system. This method of inspection can leave room for human error and requires storage/indexing. It is also time consuming to review all paperwork and manually send out deficiencies to the appropriate parties.  Over time, technology has evolved to help automate the inspection process. In the 1990s, a cylinder-shaped tool that

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Reasons for Performing Inspections

Reasons for Performing Inspections

Inspections are completed for a variety of reasons including: Compliance Preventative Maintenance Insurance Coverage Compliance Inspections are performed because their completion is mandated under certain legislation, codes and bylaws. For example, the Ontario Fire Code (6.2.7.2) mandates that equipment such as fire extinguishers must be inspected every 30 days. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act states that inspections of electrical rooms, first aid kits, eyewash stations etc., must be conducted regularly to prevent the development of unsafe working conditions. Legislation also identifies the types of deficiencies and conditions to look for during these inspections as well as how quickly these deficiencies need to be resolved. *We used Ontario as an example but each province in Canada has similar regulatory bodies that govern similar legislation. There are also federally regulated policies that need to be complied with. These standards are pretty co

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