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#129 - NFPA 25: 10 Most Common Fire Sprinkler System Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them, Part 2

Posted by QRFS Staff on 10/9/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Head Replacement Cabinet
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.

#128 - NFPA 25: The 10 Most Common Fire Safety System Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them, Part 1

Posted by QRFS Staff on 10/2/2018 to NIST Certification
In part one of a two-part series, QRFS explains the top 10 NFPA 25 facility code violations and how to address them to avoid citations and fines during a fire inspection.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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. 

#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. 

#34 - Fire Inspections: How to Find a Trusted 3rd Party Inspector!

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/7/2014 to Fire Inspections
In the second installment in our fire inspection series, this blog helps you find a qualified 3rd party fire inspector for your building or business.

#33 - Fire Inspections: What You Must Do Today to Ensure Your Business is Up To Code!

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/31/2013 to Fire Inspections
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!