You’ve probably noticed the inspection sticker on a fire extinguisher – they need to be properly maintained, including testing and recharging, in order to be effective. The same is also true of commercial suppression systems, regardless of the type of system. While some maintenance tasks fall to the owner of the property, trained professionals should conduct more extensive maintenance and testing to ensure that systems are functional and to comply with fire safety regulations.
Regardless of the type of the system, property owners should ensure that suppression systems are clean, clear, and accessible. The visible components should be routinely checked to ensure they’re free of debris and corrosion, and rooms containing suppression hardware should be kept in the temperature range specified by the manufacturer (for example, wet pipe systems should stay above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent freezing).
The designer or installer of your suppression system will likely provide a testing and maintenance schedule for professional service. This maintenance is vital to both safe operation, and complying with most local laws. The service varies significantly with the type of the system: wet systems may require backflow testing, foam systems may require chemical sampling to ensure it’s behaving within acceptable tolerances, kitchen hoods may require inspection to ensure grease isn’t interfering with the system, and dry suppression systems may need to be tested to ensure that the air pressure is maintained at proper levels.
Proper testing can very literally save lives, but it’s also required for compliance with NFPA and local regulations. Typically, testing and maintenance plans are specified by the designer or installer, but if you’re unsure of the requirements, contact your local suppression system designer – they’ll help you understand both the types of testing required to comply with regulations, but also the schedule and costs associated with that testing.
For more information about fire suppression services call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.
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