There are news articles on fire deaths too many times during any given calendar year. Witnessing this unnecessary pain and suffering in person or through the news media is truly heartbreaking.
Most often these fires originate in mobile or permanent homes causing nearly 4,000 deaths and many more disfiguring injuries each and every year in the United States. The larger death tolls occur in nightclubs, motels and factories that are unequipped with fire sprinkler systems.
Mandatory installation of fire sprinklers
The governments, both state and federal, have authored several pieces of legislation mandating that fire sprinklers be installed in most all group A occupancies (an occupancy where 300 or more people gather) of new construction.
Additionally, there have been several high rise or retro-fit laws placed on the books addressing nursing homes, schools and dormitories, since the year 2000. While great progress has been achieved with these new sprinkler systems in new and retro-fit projects, the required maintenance is often misunderstood or totally neglected.
Need for regular inspection of sprinkler systems
While administrators are now (or quickly becoming) aware of the life safety advantages of these systems, there is an urgent need to educate them on the significance of regularly scheduled inspections and quickly make service repairs to keep these systems in top working order.
With limited staff due to tight budget constraints, many of these companies and institutions rely on their local fire sprinkler companies to partner with them, so as to ensure they are maintaining the systems in accordance with their insurance requirements, as well as local authorities having jurisdiction over them.
Criticality of system readiness
System readiness is critical to the reliability of any mechanical or electrical fire system
System readiness is critical to the reliability of any mechanical or electrical fire system. Some of the most frequent system impairments include alarm bells not working properly, systems not being retro-fitted when small architectural projects were completed, deteriorated water supply as discovered through a proper main drain test and most devastating, valves left in the closed position.
It is important to keep in mind that it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain their fire systems and the local AHJ’s (Authority Having Jurisdiction) will typically enforce the annual inspection.
American Fire Protection Group, Inc. is a qualified and highly respected organization in the fire protection industry. They announced that they are ready to partner with customers to inspect and service their fire sprinklers, fire suppression and fire alarm systems.