When was the last time you had fire sprinkler inspection? Fire sprinklers are a critically important part of every fire protection system, but they need regular inspection in order to ensure that they will be able to keep you protected at all times. Most jurisdictions in MD, VA and DC require regular inspections of sprinkler systems to be performed to NFPA standards. If you want to schedule a fire sprinkler inspection in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC, call Guardian Fire Protection today!
Annual Fire Sprinkler Inspections
The NFPA requires that you have annual fire sprinkler inspection in order to keep your building safe. In addition, you should have fire sprinkler inspection every time you:
- Add a backflow preventer or water meter to your building’s plumbing system
- Significantly change the occupancy, layout or use of your building
- Face changes in public water supply, such as a water shortage
Fire Sprinkler Inspection Process
- Visual inspection from the floor for proper orientation, support and clearance of all sprinkler heads and system piping that are readily viewable and accessible.
- Main drain tests are performed to verify proper water volume and pressure is available for the sprinkler system. Results are recorded.
- Lubricate valves.
- If connected to the building alarm system, alarm and supervisory devices are checked to make sure proper annunciation and notification is indicated.
- Flow switches are tested by flowing water from the inspectors test connection.
- Tamper switches are tested by exercising the valve through the full range of motion and verifying that signals are received at the fire alarm control panel.
- Check fire department connections for proper caps and being unobstructed.
- Check system gauge calibration date and verify the water pressure is adequate.
- Check for proper signage on valves.
- Inspect spare head box for proper inventory of spare sprinkler heads and wrench.
- Verify that all valves are in the proper position and sealed or supervised.
- If the system is monitored, verify signals are received at the central monitoring station.
How to Keep Your Sprinkler Safe Between Inspections
Between fire sprinkler inspections, there are a number of things you can do on your own to keep your fire sprinkler safe:
- Never paint your fire sprinkler heads
- Never hang anything from your sprinkler heads
- Never stack anything within 18 inches of your sprinkler heads
- Always report damage to your fire sprinkler system to a certified fire protection company
- Always make sure your control valves are in the open position
If you own a building in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC and need fire sprinkler inspection, call Guardian Fire Protection today!