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#96 - Standpipe Systems (Part 7): Standpipe Signs and Markings

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/15/2018 to Standpipe Systems and Fire Department Connections
In this final installment of our series detailing standpipes, we’re examining the signage required to identify and provide information about different portions of a system. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issues detailed requirements for labeling the components of a standpipe system in NFPA 14: Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, plus a few mentions of signage in NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.

#95 - Standpipe Systems (Part 6): Maintenance Testing for Automatic and Semiautomatic Dry Standpipes

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/8/2018 to Standpipe Systems and Fire Department Connections
In the previous installments of our standpipe series, we’ve detailed the different types and components of standpipes and the acceptance and maintenance testing requirements for most systems. This article will break down additional maintenance testing requirements specifically required for automatic and semiautomatic dry standpipes defined in NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. 

#94 - Standpipe Systems (Part 5): Maintenance Testing of Standpipes (Continued)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/1/2018 to Fire Department Connection

Previously, the blog posts in this series have covered standpipe systems, required maintenance, the components of standpipe systems, and testing. This article will break down the maintenance testing requirements for existing standpipe systems defined in NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Our goal is to aggregate and contextualize this code for contractors and building owners.

#93 - Standpipe Systems (Part 4): Acceptance Testing and Ongoing System Maintenance

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/25/2018 to Fire Department Connection
In the previous posts in this series, we covered standpipe systems, required maintenance, and the components of standpipe systems. Some of the major components we covered were pipes, water flow alarms, fire department connections, hoses, hose connections, and system valves. As we continue through our series, this installment covers required testing for standpipe systems and the NFPA codes that correspond with the different types of testing.

#92 - Standpipe Systems (Part 3): More Standpipe System Components and How to Maintain Them

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/18/2018 to Fire Department Connection
In the previous two installments of our series, we first introduced standpipe and then the major system components including pipes, fire pumps, water flow alarms, drains, gauges, and fire department connections. This article will look at additional, vital portions of a standpipe: the hoses, hose connections and stations, and various system valves. This guide explains the purpose of these items and serves as a quick reference for the maintenance and inspection expected of life safety contractors and building owners.

#91 - Standpipe Systems (Part 2): Standpipe System Components and How to Maintain Them

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/11/2018 to Standpipe Systems and Fire Department Connections
In part one of our Introduction to Standpipe series, we provided an overview of standpipe systems, including the five types and three classes, and how each functions. This article will begin to examine the major individual components of standpipe systems, along with their installation, inspection, and maintenance requirements. Our aim is to simplify this guidance for both contractors and building owners.

#90 - Standpipe Systems (Part 1): Fire Protection Standpipe System Overview and Introduction to NFPA 14

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/4/2018 to Fire Inspections
This article will provide an overview of the different types and classes of standpipe systems, as well as explain when they are required according to NFPA 14, the International Fire Code, and the International Building Code.

#84 -- What is Hydrostatic Testing of a Building’s Fire Protection System?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 11/23/2017 to Contractor Tools
Learn how and when hydrostatic testing is conducted on standpipes and sprinkler systems. 

#67 -- What Size FDC Break Cap or Plug Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 6/15/2017 to Standpipe Systems and Fire Department Connections
In this article, we're going to help you learn how to select the right size FDC break cap or plug. 

#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.