Maintaining Your Fire Sprinkler System
Fires can happen without warning and can cause extensive damage to your commercial property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, property damage from fires totaled in about $12 million in 2012. Luckily we have fire sprinklers that are considered one of the most effective fire suppression systems available. When a building sprinkler system is activated by a fire, they are effective 96% of the time according to the NFPA. That's why it is very important for these systems to be in good condition and maintained regularly.
- Be sure to inspect all control valves to ensure that they are open, accessible, properly locked, and free from any leaks. Examine water and air pressure gauges to make sure they are showing normal ranges in good condition.
- Inspect the condition of sprinkler heads for paint, dust, or obstructions.
- Make sure there is an adequate clearance of at least 18 inches from the height of storage to the sprinkler head. This prevents anything from accidentally knocking into it.
- Have at least 6 spare heads that correspond to the type and temperature rate of the heads in use.
- Inspect all fire department connections to verify caps are in place and that no damage is present.
- Check low points on dry sprinkler systems to remove water to prevent freezing.
- Maintain adequate heat within a dry sprinkler control valve room to prevent freezing.
- Always report damage to any part of a sprinkler immediately.