Standpipe Systems and Fire Department Connections

  1. #139 – Airplane Hangar Fire Suppression Systems: An Essential Guide

    #139 – Airplane Hangar Fire Suppression Systems: An Essential Guide
    Learn how to classify an aircraft hangar according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and choose the right airplane hangar fire suppression system to keep planes, people, and property protected.
  2. #136 – Common Fire Code Violations from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

    #136 – Common Fire Code Violations from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
    From improper sprinkler clearance to blocked fire department connections, QRFS runs down 5 common fire code violations cited by the authority having jurisdiction – your local fire marshal or code inspector.
  3. #132 – Choosing a Hydrostatic Test Pump for Fire Sprinklers and Standpipes

    #132 – Choosing a Hydrostatic Test Pump for Fire Sprinklers and Standpipes
    Standpipes and sprinklers require hydrostatic testing before system acceptance, every 5 years for certain standpipes, and/or when there are significant system revisions. But how do you know if you’ve got the right pump for the job? QRFS reviews the key specs and features to look for when choosing a hydrostatic test pump.
  4. #129 - NFPA 25: 10 Most Common Fire Sprinkler System Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them, Part 2

    #129 - NFPA 25: 10 Most Common Fire Sprinkler System Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them, Part 2
    In the second installment of a two-part series, QRFS explains the top inspection violations in fire sprinklers and standpipes noted by Jack Coffelt, National Operations Manager for Siemens Industry, Inc., a national fire protection inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) contractor.
  5. #128 - NFPA 25: The 10 Most Common Fire Safety System Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them, Part 1

    #128 - NFPA 25: The 10 Most Common Fire Safety System Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them, Part 1
    In part one of a two-part series, QRFS explains the top 10 NFPA code violations and how to address them to avoid citations and fines during a fire inspection.
  6. #112 - A Guide to Fire Department Connection (FDC) Sizes and Threading

    #112 - A Guide to Fire Department Connection (FDC) Sizes and Threading
    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 size and thread for your FDC and its components.
  7. #110 - Replacing a Fire Department Connection Swivel

    #110 - Replacing a Fire Department Connection Swivel
    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 for replacing a fire department connection swivels, plus how to install the part.
  8. #96 - Guide to Standpipe Systems (Part 7): Standpipe Signs and Markings

    #96 - Guide to Standpipe Systems (Part 7): Standpipe Signs and Markings
    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.
  9. #95 - Guide to Standpipe Systems (Part 6): Maintenance Testing for Automatic and Semiautomatic Dry Standpipes

    #95 - Guide to Standpipe Systems (Part 6): Maintenance Testing for Automatic and Semiautomatic Dry Standpipes
    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 breaks 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.
  10. #94 - Standpipe Systems (Part 5): Maintenance Testing of Standpipes (Continued)

    #94 - Standpipe Systems (Part 5): Maintenance Testing of Standpipes (Continued)
    Previously, the blog posts in this series have covered standpipe systems, required maintenance, the components of standpipe systems, and testing. This article breaks 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.

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