Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Simulated smoke testing planned for Westbrook LRT station

As part of the West LRT’s testing phase, crews will be conducting simulated smoke testing at the Westbrook Station.

The testing is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Aug. 8 between 7 and 8 p.m.

During the test, a total of 18 smoke devices will be placed on the track area and ignited, releasing smoke into the station.

This test is designed to measure the effectiveness of the ventilation system at the underground station to remove smoke quickly should a fire occur. 

Once the test smoke is released, four fans will push the smoke throughout the station. The simulated smoke is expected to escape out of the station’s eight skylights and into the open area surrounding Westbrook Station. Depending on weather conditions, smoke may be visible for up to 30 minutes after testing occurs.

The light-grey test smoke is harmless and virtually odourless. However, people with respiratory problems should remain clear of the active simulated smoke testing areas.

This smoke testing is standard procedure in advance of LRT operations and should not be cause for public concern. During the smoke test, noise disturbances are expected to be minor, as fire alarms will be temporarily deactivated in the Westbrook Station.

Further smoke testing in the Westbrook Station and connecting tunnels, and in the 69 Street tunnel section, is also being planned. Dates will be made available once they're confirmed.

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