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Legal obligations

A fire protection system must be well maintained and verified annually to remain 100% operational and save lives.

The National Fire Code (NFC) and NBC stipulate :

  1. Proceed with required testing according to the referred code and standard provisions.
  2. Maintain a history of assessment reports (Extinguisher NFPA 10- A. 7.2.4 Extinction record keeping).

Insurance providers recommend the implementation of a fire protection equipment maintenance program that follows the NFPA’s provisions.

Examples of NFPA 25 standards establishing components to verify and the nature of their verification for sprinkler systems
item/component Activity Frequency Reference
Pressure gauges (wet pipe systems)

 

 

 

 

Inspection

Monthly 5.2.4.1
Pressure gauges (air, preaction, deluge systems) Weekly / Monthly

5.2.4.2, 5.2.4.3, 5.2.4.4 

Control valves Table 13.1
Waterflow alarm devices Quarterly 5.2.5
Hydraulic nameplate 5.2.6
Buildings Annually (prior to freezing weather) 4.1.1.1
Hanger/seismic bracing

 

Annually

5.2.3
Pipe and fittings 5.2.2
Sprinklers 5.2.1 
Spare sprinklers 5.2.1.4 
Fire department connections Quarterly Table 13.1
Valves (all types) Variable Table 13.1
Waterflow alarm devices/mechanical devices

 

 

Test

Quarterly 5.3.3.1
Main drain valves Semi-Annually Table 13.1
Antifreeze solution Annually (fall) 5.3.4
Gauges Every five years 5.3.2
Sprinklers – Extra-high temperature 5.3.1.1.1.4
Sprinklers – Fast response At 20 years and every 10 years thereafter 5.3.1.1.1.3
Sprinklers – Dry At 10 years and every 10 years thereafter 5.3.1.1.1.6
Other sprinklers At 50 years and every 10 years thereafter 5.3.1.1.1
Valves (all types) Maintenance Annually Table 13.1
Obstructions   14.3