When it comes to a building’s fire protection, the “out of sight, out of mind” approach can leave you open to risk. It’s important (and often mandatory) to conduct routine inspections of fire sprinkler systems, but it’s easy to forget about some of the factors that create demand for annual inspection, testing & maintenance:
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1. Changes in Occupancy & Space Utilization
Has your organization added new employees? Have tenants made changes to their space to accommodate growth? NFPA-25 standards and code requirements vary based upon the size and use of an area. It’s necessary to evaluate how added occupancy and/or renovations can impact your ability to protect those who live and work in the building in the case of a fire.
2. Seasonal Changes & Weather
How’s the heating system? Most commercial and residential buildings utilize wet systems for life safety compliance and fire protection. These systems operate based on a continuous supply of water that is stored and distributed through overhead piping and sprinklers. In situations of extreme cold, it is possible for water to freeze inside of a pipe, putting you at risk of having potential water damage or worse, a system that doesn’t function when you need it most.
3. Age of Your Building
When was your building built? How long ago was the sprinkler system updated? In older buildings it’s not uncommon to see sprinkler systems that have been used for more than fifty years without any upgrade or alteration. Since there is no “one size fits all” sprinkler system, buildings often have customized fire protection, making it difficult to simply swap out a fixture. As codes change, so do the sprinkler arrangements, and it’s important you stay up to date.
Finding a trusted resource for fire protection is easier than you think. Cannistraro offers a total fire protection solution ranging from inspections, testing & maintenance, to special hazards and full system design, customization, fabrication and installation.
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