What Should Be Done To Properly
Inspect Your Fire Safety Systems?
It is crucial to test systems that work parallel with one another at the same time. This helps improve the preventative measures being taken to prevent a catastrophe. Sticking to a schedule will not only be beneficial for life-saving reasons, but it will also save you money in the long run.
There are many fire sprinkler inspection companies out there, but the key is to make sure that you have chosen GreenWorks to provide you superior quality inspections.
The Need For Regular Maintenance
On Your Fire Sprinklers
Fire Sprinklers are vital in practicing appropriate Fire Safety, especially for commercial business owners. This is why it is important to keep up with fire sprinkler maintenance. Although it is not a relatively high maintenance component, it is essential in making sure that you’re doing the most to protect other lives and your assets. Although a fire sprinkler system inspection cost can sound like an expensive amount, that amount will not compare to how expensive it will be if you refuse to get one. Normally, they range from $1000.00- $5000.00 a year, depending on the size of your property.
How Often Should My
Fire Sprinkler Be Inspected?
According to NFPA 25 (National Fire Protection Association), the baseline for fire sprinkler inspections, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems, an inspection may consist of a visual to audit your sprinkler. However, there is a schedule that should be followed even if it is a visual audit that is being done.
Keep in mind that Proof of Fire Sprinkler Inspections and Testing are typically checked by Fire Marshals or Authority Having Jurisdiction; and they will ask for evidence of completing routine tests and inspections.
WEEKLY OR MONTHLY FIRE INSPECTIONS:
- Inspect the gauges in dry, pre-action
- Deluge systems as often as once a week.
- Wet pipe system gauges can go a month between inspections
QUARTERLY FIRE INSPECTIONS:
- Valve supervisory alarm devices
- Supervisory signal devices
- Control valves
- Hydraulic nameplates inspected
ANNUAL FIRE INSPECTIONS:
- Inspect the hanger/seismic bracing
- Pipes and fittings
- Information signage
- Spare sprinklers
FIVE YEAR FIRE INSPECTIONS:
- Conducting an internal inspection of sprinkler piping
TEN YEAR FIRE INSPECTION:
- Dry sprinklers should be tested
TWENTY YEARS- FIFTY YEARS FIRE INSPECTIONS:
- Fast-response sprinklers
- Standard response sprinklers
Maintaining The Cohesive Partnership
Between Alarms And Sprinklers
Out of all the low maintenance necessary with your fire safety systems, the communication between fire alarms and fire sprinklers is a vital one. It would be best to put this at the top of your list when inspecting and testing your fire systems. Although these do not have to be inspected daily or weekly, it is crucial to keep up with fire sprinkler inspection requirements. For example, Quarterly inspections, Semiannual Inspections, and Annual Inspections should be practiced.
INSPECTIONS VS. TESTING:
Simply put, an inspection requires a knowledgeable technician (from GreenWorks), like a fire sprinkler inspector to visually inspect the device for leakage, paint, corrosion, orientation, and clearance below. If the sprinkler looks normal, has not been tampered with, and has clearance within 18 inches of the deflector, it will more than likely pass inspection. Testing a fire sprinkler system requires that the technician test the functionality of the sprinkler components. For instance, they will test the function of the butterfly valve to verify that the appropriate amount of water flow and pressure are precise. Due to the fact that most sprinklers are connected and communicating with alarms, additional requirements exist. The fire alarm panels have to perform accordingly to make sure that it is activated while testing is being conducted for the fire sprinklers. If a sprinkler head has been activated due to a fire, it has to be replaced, along with every other sprinkler head that is in the same area. Once those are replaced, a water flow test and valve test are done to confirm that the systems are still functioning cohesively.
Per OSHA standards, it is a requirement for fire extinguishers to be inspected, tested, and maintained on a regular basis. The inspection does not have to be a thorough one – a visual inspection will suffice – so long as it’s done every month. Stored Pressure Extinguishers do not fall under this standard but keeping record of when maintenance was done is important until it’s time to replace it because its shelf life expired. As far as Dry Chemical Extinguishers are concerned, those should be tested every 12 years with a Hydrostatic Test, however you are supposed to empty them every 6 years.
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