Despite your best prevention efforts, a fire can happen without warning, leaving a path of destruction for your business. Property damage from fires totaled an estimated $12 billion in 2012, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Fire sprinklers are considered one of the most effective fire suppression systems available. According to the NFPA, when activated by a fire, building sprinkler systems are effective 96% of the time. However, it’s important for these systems to be in good condition through routine maintenance, testing, and inspections conducted by a professional.
Here are 8 steps to ensure your company’s sprinkler systems are operational in the event of a fire¹:
- Inspect all control valves to ensure that they are open, accessible, properly locked, and free from leaks. Examine water and air pressure gages to make sure they are in good condition with pressures showing normal ranges.
- Inspect the condition of sprinkler heads for paint, dust, or obstruction.
- Make sure there is an adequate clearance of at least 18 inches from the height of storage to the sprinkler head.
- Make sure you have at least 6 spare heads that correspond to the type and temperature rate of the heads in use.
- Inspect fire department connections to verify caps are in place and no damage exists.
- Check low points on dry sprinkler systems to remove any water to prevent freezing.
- Maintain adequate heat within a dry sprinkler control valve room to prevent freezing.
- Always report damage to any part of a sprinkler immediately.
For more information, contact McGrath Insurance Group at 508-347-6850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.