MAINTAINING FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
Every second counts when a fire starts! Having properly functioning fire sprinkler systems can mean the difference between people getting out safely and protecting your property. A well-maintained fire sprinkler system buys the time needed by suppressing the fire until firefighters arrive to extinguish it. That is why it is important for your sprinkler system to be properly tested, inspected and maintained to ensure it can operate at the time you need it the most.
Checklist for maintaining fire sprinkler systems:
- Test your system regularly. (Be sure to notify your fire service agency before testing the system. This will prevent sending a false alarm.) Open the test valve and listen for an alarm bell or buzzer. Once the alarm sounds, turn off the valve. Contact a qualified fire sprinkler contractor if the alarm bell or buzzer does not sound.
- Ensure all occupants know the location of the system shutoff valve.
- Make certain the system control valve is always open.
- If your home is enlarged or remodeled have your fire sprinkler system extended. Submit plans to the local fire department or fire prevention division as required to secure a permit.
- Contact the fire department when any activation occurs, even if the fire has been extinguished.
- Visually check the sprinklers for dust or grease buildup. You can clean them with a non-residue, non-corrosive degreasing solution.
- Look to see if the sprinklers have been damaged.
- Don’t remove the sprinklers.
- Remove any objects hanging from the sprinklers, valves or other components.
- Remove any paint found on the sprinklers
- Ensure that nothing is obstructing or covering the sprinklers.
- Don’t turn off or disconnect the system.
- In the event of a fire do not shut off the system.
If a fire occurs, be calm and leave the area immediately. Call the fire department after you have reached a safe area.
Call Fire Control Systems for help with any of your fire sprinkler system needs.