Fire Sprinkler Safety
Fire Sprinkler Safety
If you're a business owner, it's important to know that your fire sprinkler system is working. If it's not, it could cause serious damage to your property and put people in harm's way—not to mention that it could cost you thousands of dollars in damages! Luckily, there are a few quick ways that you can check on the status of your sprinklers.
Fire Sprinkler Testing, Inspection, and Maintenance
It's good practice to test your fire suppression system at least once a month, even if it isn't required by law. This ensures that the system is ready and functional in case of an emergency, and helps identify any problems with the system before they get out of hand.
You should inspect your sprinklers for damage or corrosion. If you notice any signs of damage, corrosion, or wear on a sprinkler head (such as dents or rust), you should have the entire unit replaced immediately so that it can continue protecting your home from fires safely and effectively.
Inspecting for possible obstructions is also important in ensuring the safe operation of your sprinkler system. Make sure there are no items blocking access to sprinkler heads—including furniture or other objects—so that firefighters can gain access quickly if needed!
Fire Sprinkler Monitoring, Alarms & Call Lists
The next step is to set up your alarm monitoring, call lists, and fire sprinkler monitoring. Alarm monitoring refers to a third-party company that monitors your system for you. They are the ones who will contact you and/or the fire department in case of an emergency. Call lists are a list of people (your family members or close friends) who should be called in case of a fire. Lastly, fire sprinkler monitoring is a list of people who should be notified when the system is activated - usually, this is just someone at home when it happens but can also include neighbors and others close by (it depends on how far away they live).
Fire Sprinkler System Cleanup
Remove all debris from the sprinkler system. Check for signs of corrosion, leaks, and damage. Clean out your fire sprinkler system to maintain its functionality.
Fire Sprinkler Training and Certifications
As a sprinkler installer or technician, you need to understand the importance of training. Fire sprinkler training is required by law for the installation, inspection, and maintenance of fire sprinklers. Fire Sprinkler Certification is also necessary for many other positions within the industry.
Having a fire sprinkler system is only helpful if it's working - make sure your sprinklers are regularly inspected.
You have a fire sprinkler system installed in your home or business. You know that it's supposed to save lives, and property and reduce damage from a fire. But what if your system isn't working? How do you know?
Fire sprinklers are designed to operate when heat reaches a certain temperature. If the water supply runs out, there is no protection. The most common causes of sprinkler system failure are lack of maintenance and/or freeze damage. The best way to prevent another tragedy like the one at Grenfell Tower is by regularly inspecting and maintaining your fire sprinkler system so that it can function effectively when needed most.
We hope this article has helped you understand how to keep your fire sprinkler system working at its best. Call SERVPRO of North Central Austin when your home or business sprinkler system activates. We are here to help restore your Austin home to its original condition!