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#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 Thread Standards
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.

#102 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide to Installing Home Fire Sprinklers (Part 2)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/3/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In Part 2 of our Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation series, we cover some of the many components that are part of a home fire sprinkler system: The types of fire sprinkler heads and their distribution; how the water supply is determined and applies to standalone or multipurpose systems; and the use of pumps, tanks, and other possible items that can be used in a system.

#101 - How to Temporarily Stop a Damaged or Activated Fire Sprinkler Head

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/27/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems are incredibly reliable and effective, but several things can cause an accidental discharge, including vandalism or negligence. QRFS examines why fire sprinklers go off at the wrong time and how a simple $50 solution -- the Shutgun -- can prevent thousands of dollars in water damage.

#100 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide to Installing Home Fire Sprinklers (Part 1)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/13/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In the first part of our series about installing residential fire sprinklers, QRFS reviews the two major types of residential sprinkler systems -- standalone vs. multipurpose -- what to consider if installing fire sprinklers in a new home or retro-fitting into an existing home, and what to look for when hiring a contractor. 

#99 - Residential Fire Sprinklers: Ultimate Home Fire Safety Solution!

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/6/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Residential fire sprinkler systems can mean life or death in a house fire. The systems are reliable and inexpensive, so why don't more homes have them? In this blog post, we examine residential fire statistics, the impact of residential sprinklers, and some FAQs about home fire sprinklers. We look closer at cost and safety statistics, as well as maintenance required with these systems. 

#98 - Spray Nozzles: How They Work and How To Choose One

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/1/2018 to Fire Hose
Our previous blog looked at fire hose, covering what you need to know when purchasing or maintaining them. But it’s the nozzles at the end of each fire hose that make it possible for firefighters to safely and thoroughly extinguish a blaze. This post covers fire hose nozzles, thread types, cleaning, and maintenance so you can be sure that you are using the correct nozzle for the job, and that it is ready to go.

#97 - Attack Line and Supply Hose: How to Source the Best Fire Hose

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/22/2018 to Fire Hose
The best fire hoses efficiently move water, and lots of it. But no two kinds of hose are exactly alike. Each is constructed with a specific purpose in mind, whether that’s moving water from a hydrant to a pump or enabling crews in a building to extinguish an active blaze. These purposes can impact less safety-driven uses of fire hose such as filling a pool, washing a parking lot, farm irrigation, or simply moving large volumes of water.  In this guide we’ll cover basic types and features, the materials that separate the best hose from the worst, and what you need to do to keep the hose you’ve got fully functional.

#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.