Fire sprinkler systems can make a huge difference when it comes to protecting your building from potential fire damage. They are on duty 24/7 to help extinguish a fire automatically and report an alarm condition to the fire department.
There are many things that can go wrong with a system if the building manager is not vigilant or not keeping proper fire sprinkler maintenance. Below are three things to keep in mind that could lead to system noncompliance or failure to extinguish a fire.
- Paint over Sprinkler Heads. Painting a sprinkler head impairs it from functioning as it’s designed to do so. If a sprinkler head is painted or covered with some sort of gunk, code requires that it be replaced. Be sure to clearly communicate that sprinkler heads are not to be painted during renovation projects.
- Lack of Maintenance. In order to make sure that your sprinkler and fire suppression system will be operational during a fire event, it is very important that it is regularly tested, inspected and maintained. Periodic testing and inspection is the key if an issue that will cause the sprinkler system to fail is to be discovered and fixed prior to an emergency.
- Inadequate Coverage. Building occupancies and uses change over time, and the fire hazards associated with the space will change with it. Just because a business inherits a sprinkler system and it will function in an emergency does not mean that it properly covers the fire hazard. When moving into a new space or changing the main usage of the space, it is important to determine the range and coverage of the fire sprinkler system and make sure that the system can supply adequate water to cover the fire hazard.
A licensed fire protection company like Metro Fire & Safety can carry out regular inspections of your system, ensuring that it is free of deficiencies. Should a deficiency exist, it is crucial to get it repaired as soon as possible, as to not compromise the core function of the system. Metro Fire’s sprinkler division can help test and maintain your fire sprinkler system to comply with NFPA standards, as well as federal, state and local codes specific to your business.