In the second installment of a two-part series, QRFS explains the top code violations noted by Jack Coffelt, National Operations Manager for Siemens Industry, Inc., a national fire protection inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) contractor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire inspections are part of any building or business owners responsibilities. This first installment in our two-part series explains what to look for and points you to some resources to help you get your building up-to-code and fire-safe!