This standard shall provide the minimum requirements for the design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems and exposure protection sprinkler systems covered within this standard.
NFPA 13, 1.1.2
This standard is written with the assumption that the sprinkler system shall be designed to protect against a single fire originating within the building.
NFPA 25, 4.1.1
The responsibility for properly maintaining a water based fire protection system shall be that of the owner of the property.
NFPA 25, 4.1.4
The owner or occupant shall promptly correct or repair deficiencies, damaged parts, or impairments found while performing the inspection, test, and maintenance requirements of this standard.
Fire protection equipment shall be identified in an approved manner. Rooms containing controls for air-conditioning systems, sprinkler risers and valves, or other fire detection, suppression or control elements shall be identified for the use of the fire department. Approved signs required to identify fire protection equipment and equipment location shall be constructed of durable materials, permanently installed and readily visible.
A visual examination of the sprinkler system to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and free of physical damage. Sprinklers shall not show signs of leakage, shall be free of corrosion, foreign material, paint, and physical damage; and be installed in the proper orientation.
Is performed according to the requirements for each system. Specialized equipment is used by trained technicians. Components of each system shall be tested to verify that they function as intended. Test results are recorded in reports for your records.
Is the work necessary to keep equipment operable as it was intended at the time of installation.
Your fire protection system can make the difference between a catastrophic fire and minor incident - but only if it's operational.
Your system is designed to protect the occupants, contents, and the facility itself until the fire department arrives to completely extinguish the fire.
Impairments to a sprinkler system can have disastrous consequences. Periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of the sprinkler system is an essential, often mandated, and expected preventative measure to promote proper operation of a sprinkler system.