Last week, we talked about many basic, general ways you can keep your building up with the fire code and prepare for fire safety inspections so that you’ll be safe from fines when the fire marshal comes around. This week we want to continue the list, but get more specific – how can you keep your fire alarms, fire sprinklers and other fire protection systems up to code? There are a few additional fire code rules for fire protection systems, but fortunately they don’t require that much more effort.
Have a professional fire protection services company come out and inspect your fire sprinkler or standpipe at least once a year. Make sure the contractor provides you with written documentation of the service and testing provided. Note: as a building owner, it is your responsibility to contact your fire protection services provider to schedule inspections! If you need fire sprinkler inspection in Houston, Texas or the surrounding area, call us today!
Make sure you keep up with regular maintenance on your Fire Department connections (FDCs). FDCs are the hose connections used by the fire departments to pump extra water into the fire sprinkler or standpipe systems, and should be routinely checked to make sure the caps are in place and the couplings swivel easily. In addition, the area around the FDC should be kept clear of obstructions at all times – it should be located in a designated “no parking” area and in an area where piling stock or waste is prohibited.
Your fire alarms must be annually tested and maintained per NFPA 72. As with your fire sprinkler system, it is your responsibility to have your fire alarms inspected.
Keep documentation of fire protection system inspections available on site at all times for review by your county fire inspector.
If you keep on top of all the fire code requirements for your buildings, you’ll have a much better chance of staying safe from fires as well as fire marshal fines. If you have questions about any of the fire code requirements for your building, or if you need
Houston fire sprinkler service or other fire protection services, call Kauffman Co. today!
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