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Unformatted text preview: a part of the automatic sprinkler system inspection(s). Standpipes are inspected every five years for water flow by a sprinkler contractor. Inspection records are kept on file on site for a minimum of 3 years. Automatic Sprinkler Systems Automatic sprinkler systems are installed in many buildings. Automatic sprinkler systems consist of a series of pipes, valves, and sprinklers that distribute water when heat activates the sprinkler heads. Most sprinkler heads activate at around 155° F. Only the heads exposed to this heat will discharge. When one or more sprinklers open due to the heat of a fire, the flow or water will activate building fire alarm system or a local alarm. Automatic sprinkler systems are extremely effective at preventing fire spread. In terms of life safety, there have been no reported cases of multiple deaths occurring in fully sprinkled buildings where the system was operating properly. • Inspections: All automatic sprinkler systems are inspected as required by NFPA 25, Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually required inspections and testing are prescribed. Some of these inspections may be performed by building maintenance personnel, and others require a licensed sprinkler contractor. Each maintenance department in buildings with automatic sprinkler systems should have a copy of NFPA 25 available for reference. Inspection reports must be maintained on file in the building for a minimum of 3 years. The annual inspection report must be filed with the Fire Prevention Bureau within 30 days of the inspection. • Precautions: Storage shall be maintained at least 18 inches below sprinkler heads. Sprinkler heads must be kept clean and not painted. Painted sprinklers must be replaced (they may not be cleaned). Do not block sprinkler heads. Sprinkler piping shall not be used to support any extraneous loads whatsoever (wires, cables, lights, hangers, ladders, equipment, or other materials). FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY PROGRAM (This page has been left intentionally blank) FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY PROGRAM Fire Protection System Impairment Procedures Historically, fires in buildings that are equipped with fire protection systems occur most often when those systems are partially or totally impaired in order to perform testing o...
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  • Fall '13
  • Dr.Baumgardner
  • ........., Fire protection, Fire Prevention Bureau, Grand Rapids Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau, GRFD Fire Prevention Bureau, GRAND RAPIDS FIRE DEPARTMENT

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