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#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).

#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.

#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.

#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. 

#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. 

#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. 

#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.

#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. 

#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.

#71 -- When to Replace Fire Sprinkler Heads in a Fire Sprinkler System?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/24/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
The best way to identify issues with fire sprinkler heads is through regular inspections, testing, and maintenance. But when should you perform and of the aforementioned procedures? How do you know when to test or replace them? In this article, we'll help you answer all of your most burning questions!