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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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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2014 for the course MOS 5101 taught by Professor Dr.baumgardner during the Fall '13 term at Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach.
- Fall '13