Residential Fire Protection

  1. #231 – Common Mistakes that Cause Fire Sprinkler Failure, Part 1

    #231 – Common Mistakes that Cause Fire Sprinkler Failure, Part 1
    Human error causes the majority of fire sprinkler failures. QRFS explains the biggest mistakes people make that lead to system malfunctions.
  2. #230 – NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Systems, Part 3: Residential, Healthcare, and Daycare Occupancy Requirements

    #230 – NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Systems, Part 3: Residential, Healthcare, and Daycare Occupancy Requirements
    QRFS breaks down NFPA 101’s requirements for fire alarm systems in healthcare occupancies, day cares, and residential dwellings ranging from family homes to apartments.
  3. #228 – Shattering Myths About Fire Sprinklers

    #228 – Shattering Myths About Fire Sprinklers
    QRFS explains why five common beliefs about fire protection simply aren’t true—and how fire sprinklers function reliably and precisely to save lives and property.
  4. #226 – The Conflict Over Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements, Part 1

    #226 – The Conflict Over Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements, Part 1
    Model building codes have required residential fire sprinklers for years but few states have adopted this requirement. This article explains the current legislative battles and provides an overview of current codes.
  5. #222 – Shutgun vs Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Tools: Which Shuts Off Heads Better?

    #222 – Shutgun vs Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Tools: Which Shuts Off Heads Better?
    Two leading fire sprinkler shutoff tools—the Shutgun and Quickstop—compete for the chance to stop water damage. A run-down of the pros & cons of each tool.
  6. #220 – CPVC vs PVC: How a Simple Change Transforms PVC into CPVC Fire Sprinkler Pipe

    #220 – CPVC vs PVC: How a Simple Change Transforms PVC into CPVC Fire Sprinkler Pipe
    CPVC and PVC pipes both move water and share other characteristics, but only one is used in fire protection Since its first use in fire protection systems in the 1980s, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipes have emerged as a corrosion-resistant, lighter weight, less expensive, longer-lasting alternative to metal pipes in residential and light hazard wet sprinklers. And while steel has...
  7. #179 – CPVC Pipe and Fittings in Fire Sprinkler Systems: Use and Care

    #179 – CPVC Pipe and Fittings in Fire Sprinkler Systems: Use and Care
    CPVC pipe offers a quick and easy way to install fire sprinkler systems in light-hazard applications, without the expense or hassle of using metal. To implement a successful design, installers have to be aware of compatible chemicals and uses, product care, and listed uses.
  8. #160 – CPVC, Copper, Steel, and PEX: Trends in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems

    #160 – CPVC, Copper, Steel, and PEX: Trends in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
    Fire sprinkler installers looking to compete in the home fire sprinkler market have a wide variety of piping materials at their disposal. QRFS estimates the prevalence of piping materials, including PEX and CPVC fire sprinkler pipe, and explains how some factors—namely, cost—have left copper and steel with a much smaller role.
  9. #147 – Significant Changes to the 2019 Edition of NFPA 13, Part 1

    #147 – Significant Changes to the 2019 Edition of NFPA 13, Part 1
    NFPA 13 has guided sprinkler installers and designers for more than a century. QRFS looks at NFPA 13 2019 changes, including an organizational overhaul and technical revisions impacting residential sprinklers in NFPA 13 systems.
  10. #109 - CPVC vs. PEX: What’s the Best Choice for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems?

    #109 - CPVC vs. PEX: What’s the Best Choice for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems?
    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 better performance characteristics. But which of the two thermoplastics is better? QRFS attempts to answer this excellent question.

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