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Why Do You Need Fire Sprinkler Inspection?

Posted on: December 29, 2010

A fire sprinkler system is the first line of defense against fire for most businesses, homes and offices. But watch out – if you don’t take care of your fire sprinkler, it won’t take care of you! If you follow the maintenance procedures outlined below, your fire sprinkler should provide you with years of fire protection.

 

When to Schedule Routine Fire Sprinkler System Inspections

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should have your fire sprinkler system inspected every three months. In addition, you should have your sprinkler system tested whenever you:

  • Add or change a backflow preventer or water meter
  • Change the occupancy or use of your building
  • Remodel your home, office or restaurant
  • Encounter changes in public water supply, such as in response to water shortages

Without routine fire sprinkler system inspection you may not notice that something is wrong with your fire sprinkler system until it fails to turn on during an emergency!

Ways to Keep Your Fire Sprinkler System Safe

In addition to having quarterly inspections, there are a number of steps you can take on your own to make sure your fire sprinkler system in good shape and will be able to protect you at a moment’s notice.

  • Never paint your fire sprinkler heads
  • Never hang anything from your sprinkler heads
  • Never stack anything within 18 inches of your sprinkler heads
  • Always report damage to your fire sprinkler system to a certified fire protection company
  • Always make sure your control valves are in the open position (the NFPA recommends that you check this once a week, but really, if you don’t touch them you’ll be fine)

Benefits of Regular Fire Sprinkler System Inspection

Insurance benefits

Having a working fire sprinkler system can provide numerous benefits beyond excellent fire protection. Most restaurants and office buildings with well maintained fire sprinkler system enjoy sizable insurance benefits, often 5-10% off their basic premium. On the other hand, insurance penalties are often placed on companies that do not have regular fire sprinkler system inspections – in fact, most insurance companies consider buildings unsprinklered if their fire sprinkler systems do not receive regular inspections! Imagine how it would feel if your fire sprinkler system didn’t go off during a fire AND the insurance company levied a penalty on you!

Peace of mind

Keeping on top of regular fire sprinkler system maintenance can save you from the stress of scrambling to set up an appointment for inspection a few days before the fire marshal comes around. And for most of our customers, they rarely know when the fire marshal comes calling. Regular maintenance can also help you find minor, easy-to-fix issues before they become major, costly disasters.

Freedom from liability

Many local courts hold business owners responsible for the cost of fire damages if their buildings did not have a fire sprinkler system installed – even if their building codes did not require them to have a system in place. Often the payouts for these damages cost business owners millions of dollars. Even owners who do have fire sprinkler systems installed have had to make the same payments if their sprinklers weren’t in working order. When it comes down to it, not having your fire sprinkler system regularly inspected is just asking for trouble!

Installing a fire sprinkler system in your building and never having it inspected is like buying a brand new car and never changing the oil. If you operate a business in the New Jersey, Delaware or Philadelphia area and think you might be behind on your fire sprinkler system inspections, contact the experts at Confires Fire Protection today to schedule a fire sprinkler system inspection and protect yourself from fires (as well as potential fire marshal fines!).

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