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#116 - What Temperature Fire Sprinkler Cover Plate Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 7/10/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Fire sprinkler cover plates must be rated for the exact temperature that fits a specific sprinkler head. QRFS explains how to determine the right temperature rating when looking to replace a cover plate. 

#114 - Which Size Fire Sprinkler Escutcheon Do I Need? Half-Inch vs. Three-Quarter

Posted by Jason Hugo on 6/26/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Escutcheons
Escutcheons that surround fire sprinkler heads are not just decorative —
they prevent smoke and heat from escaping into a wall or ceiling and NFPA requires that you replace damaged or missing escutcheons. QRFS explains how to size an escutcheon to make sure a replacement matches your fire sprinkler.

#113 - What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 2

Posted by Jason Hugo on 6/19/2018 to Fire Inspections
Regular inspections are required to keep commercial fire sprinkler systems working and up to code. In the second installment of a series, QRFS explains the steps involved in the annual visual inspection of pipe and fittings, plus how to classify any issues that are found.

#111 - What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 1

Posted by Jason Hugo on 6/5/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Regular inspections are required to keep commercial fire sprinkler systems working and up to code. In the first part of a series, QRFS explains the steps involved in the annual visual inspection of fire sprinkler heads.

#109 - CPVC vs. PEX: What’s the Best Choice for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/22/2018 to How a Fire Sprinkler Works
CPVC and PEX have become extremely popular, safety-approved pipe materials in home fire sprinkler systems. Both are easier and less expensive to install than metallic pipe and have some better performance characteristics. But which of the two thermoplastics is better? QRFS attempts to answer this excellent question.

#108 - The Benefits of Institutional Fire Sprinklers in Correctional Facilities and Secure Environments

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/15/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Escutcheons
Tamper-resistant fire sprinklers are essential in prisons, jails, mental health facilities, and other secured environments. QRFS explains how institutional fire sprinkler heads can help prevent vandalism, suicide, accidental discharges and other incidents that involve tampering with an automatic fire safety system.

#106 - The Benefits of Concealed Fire Sprinklers in Cleanrooms and Sanitary Environments

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/1/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Cleanrooms that are used in manufacturing, research, and medical facilities require fire sprinkler systems that are easy to clean without damaging the sprinkler heads. QRFS details the benefits of fire sprinkler cover plates in cleanrooms and other highly-sanitary environments.

#87 -- Complete Guide to Fire Sprinkler Signs and System Marking

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/14/2017 to Fire Inspections
NFPA requires many signs in a fire sprinkler system. Learn about them all to ensure your system is properly marked. Why? So first responders, building managers, and fire professionals all access a well-marked, easy-to-navigate fire protection system. 

#86 -- Draining a Fire Sprinkler System: Main Drain, Auxiliary Drain, and More!

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/7/2017 to Valves
Why would a fire protection system need to be drained? There are many reasons. This article discusses four common reasons and details the various types of drains necessary to safely and effectively drain a sprinkler system. Included is a detailed breakdown of the primary drain valves in a sprinkler system: main drains, auxiliary drains, sectional drains, test drains, and more. 

#69 -- Test and Drain Valve: A Guide for Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/10/2017 to Valves
In this article we'll look at the Test and Drain to uncover its benefits, uses, and features. We'll explore relevant NFPA Code so we can help you put their suggested rules and guidance into perspective and understand why it matters to you!

#68 -- Fire Sprinkler Riser: Components and Benefits for Sprinkler Contractors

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 7/20/2017 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Pre-fabricated residential risers save fire sprinkler contractors both time and money, a win-win for all involved.  Read this article to learn about the different pre-fab riser options for residential and commercial systems.

#65 -- Guide to Butterfly Valves for Fire Protection

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 6/2/2017 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
In this article, we’ll discover how the butterfly valve works, what components make up the butterfly valve for fire protection, and the different types of butterfly valves.

#61 - Fire Sprinkler Head Types: Pendents, Uprights, Sidewalls, and Concealed

Posted by Jason Hugo, Courtney Montanye and Anna Hartenbach on 12/29/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components

What type of fire sprinkler head do you have? If you cannot answer that question, we'll help you out by listing the primary fire sprinkler types and their benefits, features, and options.

#58 - Which Fire Sprinkler Head Cover Plate Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Courtney Montanye on 11/4/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Finding the right cover plate for you fire sprinkler is easier than you think.  In this blog, learn how to remove your current cover plate, figure out the manufacturer, and find the correct one for your fire sprinkler today!

#56 - Fire Alarm Bell Mounting Height

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/29/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
The fire alarm bell has been around around forever; it's been saving lives and irking building occupants with inconvenient drills since 1852.

#55 - Introduction to Standpipe Systems and Angle Hose Valves

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/22/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Angle hose valves give firefighters access to the standpipe system's supply of water, which it carries from the ground level FDC. 

#54 - What is a Siamese Connection?

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/15/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
The Siamese FDC features two female inlets, and plays an essential role in providing supplemental water to sprinkler and standpipe systems. 

#52 - FDC Plugs: What they are and how to install one

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 6/30/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
FDC plugs ensure the effectiveness of a building's fire department connection by preventing foreign material from entering and clogging waterways. 

#43 - Sprinkler Gauges: Know Your Sprinkler System is Ready for Action

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 4/22/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Sprinkler gauges - air or water pressure gauges installed at various points throughout the system - provide building owners and firefighters with an easy, visual way to prove the system has an adequate supply of water. Learn what to look for when purchasing sprinkler gauges, including the necessary certifications required by most building codes and how to ensure your current gauges are working correctly.

#42 - Digital Pressure Gauges: The Future is Here!

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 4/18/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Out with the old, in with the new! The digital pressure gauge provides the accuracy you expect from your gauges with the benefits of digital technology. Learn about the benefits of digital pressure gauges in today's blog! 

#41 - Ashcroft Gauges: Setting the Standard in Fire Protection and Testing

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 4/8/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Ashcroft Gauges have set the standard for Fire Protection and Testing for over a century. Learn about the company and their fire protection and testing specific gauges in this week's blog.

#40 - Quick Response Sprinkler: The Definitive Guide

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/4/2016 to How a Fire Sprinkler Works
The mission of the quick response sprinkler is human survivability. In the Definitive Guide to Quick Response Sprinklers, learn how changes in the sprinkler itself and its placement within the system are delivering on that mission. Then learn how to tell if you have quick response sprinklers (and how to order them). 

#39 - What is a Tamper Switch for Fire Protection Systems?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/19/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Tamper switches are an essential component in a modern fire protection system. But what exactly is a tamper switch and where are they used? We've got the scoop in our Introduction to Fire Protection Tamper Switches blog.

#38 - Fire Sprinkler Covers vs Escutcheons: The Definitive Guide

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/5/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
The fire sprinkler industry is full of jargon - or words only the industry really understands. Understanding this sub-language is very important when ordering new or replacement parts. Therefore, this blog provides The Definitive Guide to Fire Sprinkler Covers vs. Sprinkler Escutcheons.

#36 - Fire Sprinkler Head Guard: Protect Your Fire Sprinklers

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/22/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
We all know fire sprinklers protect your business or home in the event of a fire. But what protects the sprinkler? Fire sprinkler head guard!