Why are fire sprinklers so effective?
Sprinklers operate automatically at the origin of the fire, protecting a fire from growing in size. An alarm also sounds, which prevents the fire from going undetected.
Most fires in sprinklered buildings are suppressed by one or two sprinklers.
How can I protect my fire sprinklers?
- Keep any decorations, paint and other objects away from fire sprinklers.
- Be careful when moving large objects to avoid bumping into fire sprinkler heads or pipes.
- Never hang anything from fire sprinklers. Hanging objects, even lightweight ones, can damage sprinklers and cause them to fail during a fire.
What is an NFPA standard?
The NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association, a fire prevention and safety organization. The NFPA creates and publishes fire safety codes and standards to reduce the risk of fire. The NFPA has standards for each building’s sprinkler systems and alarm systems.
Fire safety inspectors will check sprinkler heads, pipes, flow water, pressure, valves, smoke detectors, pull stations and batteries so that they comply with these codes and standards. Without these standards and codes, buildings would be at a high risk of fire danger.
What is a flow test?
A flow test is performed by the flow and measurement of water from one hydrant and the static and residual pressures from an adjacent hydrant for the purpose of determining the available water supply at that location.
A flow test should be performed twice a year, as NFPA requires.
What are you looking for in an inspection?
During our visual inspection of fire sprinkler systems, we are looking at all the sprinkler heads to ensure they are not damaged or impaired in any way. We need to look at all sprinkler heads, which will require access to all areas of the building.
Fire prevention system inspections are an important and legally required way to make sure that your property is protected.
What about all the water damage if a sprinkler goes off?
Reports of water damage due to fires in sprinklered buildings are often exaggerated when compared with the small amount of fire damage thanks to sprinklers.
The amount of water fire department hoses put out on an unsprinklered building fire is nearly always tens to hundreds of times more than sprinklers would have discharged. During a fire, only those sprinklers closest to the fire activate, which limits the total amount of water used. The fire damage, as reflected by insurance claims, is also many times greater.
How do I choose a provider for my business?
Fire protection is a serious matter that can cost you thousands of dollars if not cared for properly. In addition to fire damage, large expenses from fines, fees and upkeep can result. Choose the best provider for you by talking with current customers, speaking with the owner and reading reviews. Your provider should know the requirements for your business and keep you in compliance.
If you are not happy with your current fire protection, consider contacting a new provider to audit your fire safety.
Why should I get an inspection?
It happens all too often – a phone call after hours from a business owner who just got slapped with a fine for noncompliant fire protection.
Even when your system is designed and installed properly, you must maintain regularly scheduled inspections. Some businesses choose to postpone an inspection do to timing or budget issues. This can be a much costlier decision in the long run.