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#127 - Fire Sprinkler Gauges: Where They Must Be and When to Replace Them

Posted by Jason Hugo on 9/25/2018 to Gauges
Working pressure gauges make it easy to spot serious problems in a fire sprinkler system. QRFS looks at the NFPA requirements for fire sprinkler gauge placement and replacement in residential and commercial systems.

#126 - Where Does an External Sprinkler Alarm Bell Need to Be Mounted in Relation to a Fire Department Connection?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 9/18/2018 to Fire Department Connection
Where an outside alarm bell should be mounted in proximity to a fire department connection, as well as whether you need one at all, depends on the local code used by your authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Nevertheless, NFPA, the IBC, and the IFC offer some direction on the issue. QRFS examines the code for mounting outside waterflow alarms in a commercial fire sprinkler system.

#125 - A Guide to Inspecting Fire Sprinkler Systems for Facility Managers, Part 7

Posted by Jason Hugo on 9/11/2018 to How a Fire Sprinkler Works
Dry, preaction, and deluge sprinkler systems have unique equipment that needs to be checked so the system functions properly. QRFS’ continuing series on commercial fire sprinkler inspections looks at the NFPA requirements for automatic detection systems and air compressors.

#124 – What is a Fire Panel and How Does it Work?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 9/4/2018 to Fire Inspections
Fire alarm control panels can interface with hundreds of life-saving devices simultaneously. QRFS looks at how fire code and the features of today’s fire panels streamline evacuation and emergency response efforts.

#123 - A Guide to Inspecting Fire Sprinkler Systems for Facility Managers, Part 6

Posted by Jason Hugo on 8/28/2018 to Fire Inspections
Tanks are often required as the sole water source for fire sprinkler systems in rural areas, and can serve as a secondary source for structures that have a high water demand. QRFS’ continuing series on commercial fire sprinkler inspections looks at the NFPA requirements for inspecting tanks.

#122 – Pull Stations for Fire Protection Systems: A First Line of Defense

Posted by Jason Hugo on 8/21/2018 to Fire Inspections
Fire alarm pull stations are an essential first line of defense in life safety – and the National Fire Protection Association and governments require them in most public buildings. QRFS explains the types of pull stations, how they work, and what code says about installing them.

#121 – What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 5

Posted by Jason Hugo on 8/14/2018 to Valves
Valves are an essential component on any fire protection system, and automatic sprinkler systems are no exception. QRFS reviews the inspection requirements outlined in NFPA 25, along with explanations of what these parts do.

#120 - Help! My Fire Sprinkler Was Painted. What Should I Do?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 8/7/2018 to How a Fire Sprinkler Works
NFPA and numerous fire sprinkler manufacturers have a zero tolerance policy for any sprinkler that has been painted with any amount of aftermarket paint. The required course of action is replacement. QRFS looks at why the rules are so strict about painted fire sprinklers, as well as how to choose a replacement model.

#119 - What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 4

Posted by Jason Hugo on 7/31/2018 to Gauges
In QRFS’ continuing series on NFPA’s commercial fire sprinkler inspection requirements, we look at what you need to check out — and when — it comes to gauges, signage, water flow alarms and supervisory signaling devices.

#118 – How to Replace an Obsolete Fire Sprinkler Head or Component

Posted by Jason Hugo on 7/24/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Over time, fire sprinkler manufacturers collapse, merge, or discontinue products, making repairs to fire sprinkler systems more difficult. Our manufacturer identification and product replacement guide can help make that task a little easier.

#117 – What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 3

Posted by Jason Hugo on 7/17/2018 to Fire Inspections
Fire pumps add a great deal of complexity to the maintenance of a commercial fire sprinkler system. In Part 3 of QRFS’ continuing series, we explain the inspection requirements for systems with fire pumps — whether they use electric, diesel, or steam-turbine engines.

#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. 

#115 - Can PEX Be Used in a Dry or Preaction Fire Sprinkler System?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 7/3/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
PEX tube has been approved for use in wet fire sprinklers, in both multipurpose and standalone systems — but what about dry or preaction systems? QRFS answers an interesting question posed by a reader — and gets a ruling directly from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

#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.

#112 - A Guide to Fire Department Connection (FDC) Sizes and Threading

Posted by Jason Hugo on 6/12/2018 to Fire Department Connection
Fire Department Connections and their replacement parts must be compatible with the specific hoses and connections used by your local fire department. QRFS explains how to determine the right size and thread for your FDC and its components.

#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.

#110 - Replacing a Fire Department Connection Swivel

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/29/2018 to Fire Department Connection
Working Fire Department Connections (FDCs) are essential for many standpipe systems, and a broken or missing swivel means firefighters won't have access to the water supply during a fire. QRFS looks at options to replace a fire department connection swivel, plus how to install the part.

#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.

#107 - The Use of Antifreeze in Fire Protection Systems

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/8/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
After a series of incidents in which antifreeze ignited after sprinklers deployed during a fire, NFPA investigated and began issuing new guidelines for its use in 2010. QRFS explains the current status of using antifreeze in fire protection systems, as well as alternatives for freeze protection.

#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.

#105 - Stopping Costly Water Leaks and Damage at Home

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/24/2018 to Contractor Tools
Water leaks can happen in surprising and hidden places in the home, and cause thousands of dollars in damage before they're fixed. QRFS details the causes, costs, and insurance implications of home water leaks, plus looks at a simple solution to automatically detect leaks and stop them: The Water Hero.

#104 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Maintaining Home Fire Sprinklers is Simple

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/17/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Residential fire sprinklers are simple and easy to maintain, and they can last for decades with minimal care. But the specific maintenance requirements depend on the type of system and the components that are installed. We take a look at how to maintain different systems, including the essential "don'ts" that ensure home sprinklers will work in an emergency.

#103 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide to Installing Home Fire Sprinklers (Part 3)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/10/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In the last installment of our series covering the installation of home fire sprinklers, we reviewed some of the main components of residential fire sprinklers, including the water supply, pumps, and sprinkler head types and placement. In this piece, we complete our look at major sprinkler system components, examining piping, valves, and alarms.