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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.

#89 - National Fire Protection Association: In the Business of Saving Lives

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/28/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of the nation’s most influential fire-prevention groups, emerged from the need to keep insurers from going bankrupt—and made a safer world in the process. To learn about the enormous influence the NFPA exercises on your everyday life and how you can be part of the process, read on.

#88 -- The Evolution of Local Fire Regulations: History and Processes that Shape U.S. Building Fire Code

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/21/2017 to Fire Inspections
The making of fire code is an unusual, multi-million-dollar endeavor with an occasionally gruesome history. So, where do these codes come from and who makes them? How do they become law? We'll answer these questions and more in today's article.

#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. 

#85 -- Kidde 2017 Fire Extinguisher Recall: Quick Reference Guide for Fire Extinguisher Owners

Posted by Jason Hugo on 11/30/2017 to Fire Extinguishers
Kidde, one of the world's most popular manufacturers of life safety equipment, recalled nearly 40 million fire extinguishers after over 400 safety issues were reported. What does this mean for you and what fire extinguisher should you have? 

#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. 

#83 -- Guide to Trim Valves for Fire Protection: Three-way, Angle, In-Line Check, Swing Check, Pressure Relief, and Globe Valves

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 11/16/2017 to Valves
In this article, we’re going to set our focus on trim valves in a fire protection system. Specifically, we’ll cover three-way valves, angle valves, ball valves, in-line check valves, swing check valves, pressure relief valves, and globe valves. Our goal is to give you an overview of what they are, how they function, and a brief introduction to what the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says about these helpful devices. 

#82 -- Common Types of Threads Used in Fire Hose and Fire Department Connections: NPT, NST, and More!

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 11/9/2017 to Fire Department Connection
In this article, we’ll dive into thread standards and thread sizing. We’ll travel back into history to gain a better understanding of thread sizes, learn what standards are used today, and show you what solutions are available to ensure you get the right threads for your fire protection job. 

#81 -- Uses and Benefits of Plastic Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 11/2/2017 to Fire Extinguishers
In this article, we’ll look at the fire plastic fire extinguisher cabinet, where to use it, and its benefits.

#80 -- Guide to Check Valves for Fire Protection

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 10/26/2017 to Valves
In this article, we’ll discuss how a check valve works, the types of check valves, and their benefits. Additionally, we’ll help you understand what components you should look for when selecting a check valve and discuss their maintenance. 

#79 -- A Guide to Loosening Locked-Up Valves with a Valve Wheel Wrench

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 10/19/2017 to Valves
In this article, we’re going to teach you how to use a valve wheel wrench to loosen a difficult valve. We’ll take a look at the valve wheel wrench itself to get a better understanding of what it is and what sets it apart from other wrenches.

#78 -- Which Fire Sprinkler Escutcheon Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 10/12/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Escutcheons
In this article, we’ll learn (and see) what an escutcheon is, what it does, and why they’re necessary. Furthermore, we’ll explore the different types and how to replace them.

#77 -- How to Select a Fire Sprinkler Contractor or Fire Protection Company

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 10/5/2017 to Fire Protection Companies
In this article, we'll figure out what you should look for when selecting a fire sprinkler contractor or company. We'll discuss the importance of looking at their work history, obtaining customer references, state certification and licensure requirements, and help you decide what questions you should be asking.

#76 -- Does My Pressure Gauge Need a NIST Certification?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/28/2017 to NIST Certification
In this article, we’ll work to gain a better understanding of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), their mission, and what it means for your pressure gauges. We’ll gain a deeper understanding of what it means when a gauge has a NIST Certificate, when it’s necessary, and options for getting a certification for gauges in your current inventory. 

#75 -- Fire Sprinkler Systems: History, Types, and Uses

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/21/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In this article, we’ll take a step back from looking at individual system components so we can gain a better understanding of fire sprinkler systems as a whole. We’ll discuss the various types of sprinkler systems - including wet, dry, preaction, and deluge fire sprinkler systems -  and their intended uses. 

#74 -- Where to Find Central Sprinkler Company Model A Replacement Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/14/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
In this article, we’ll show you what makes the Model A cover plate so unique. Furthermore, we’ll explain why they’re so rare and help you explore the available options.

#73 -- Fasteners in a Fire Sprinkler System: Benefits, Considerations, and Types

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/7/2017 to Contractor Tools
In this article, we’ll dive further into the world of fasteners. We’ll get a better understanding of what they are and how to use them, look at the guidelines provided by the NFPA, and explore available options.

#72 -- The History of Life Safety Code: NFPA 101, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, and NFPA 13D

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/31/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In this article we'll look at the history of the NFPA and life safety code to gain a better understanding of the various versions and their differences.