February 22, 2017

Fire Suppression

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The FDNY may be one of the finest fire departments in the country, but if their trucks are stuck in traffic, fires can spread and get out of control in a hurry. In a city like New York, fire suppression systems are a critical component to keeping high-rise buildings safe from devastating fires.

Fire suppression systems include a series of overhead pipes and sprinkler heads, fire pumps, valves, hoses, water storage tanks, alarm systems and other critical parts. If one component in this complex system fails, the entire system can be rendered useless, putting lives and property in peril.

Mandated Inspection and Testing

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the national authority on fire, electrical, and building safety. The FDNY adopts the NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Some of requirements in the standard are:

  • Fire and sprinkler systems must be tested at least once every five years in the presence of a FDNY representative
  • Each component part of the system must be inspected and tested at specified frequencies, and such activity must be documented for FDNY review
  • Fire Pumps require monthly testing

The Fred Smith Expertise

At Fred Smith Plumbing, our expert technicians are fully certified by the FDNY and hold both the S-12 and S-13 Certificates of Fitness.  We dedicate the manpower and know-how to keep your building in compliance with all the standards. Whether it is replacing defective pipes and valves or repairing standpipe lines, our full-time crews are available to quickly and efficiently assess and handle the problem.

Call today to find out how we can help insure the safety of your building’s all important fire suppression system.

DID YOU KNOW….

Each Water-Based Fire Protection System component part -- whether a fire hose, sprinkler head, valve, water storage tank, pump, or any other part -- has unique compliance requirements when it comes to the NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of the system. Call Fred Smith to keep your fire suppression system up to code.

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