Fire Suppression System Inspection & Testing
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Once a suppression network is in place in a building or complex, it cannot be ignored for the long term lest it becomes damaged or worn in some way and fail to operate properly in the event of an emergency. Fire suppression system inspection and testing completed by trained and experienced technicians must occur one or more times per year to be compliant with all federal and local guidelines and recommendations.
The power of this type of system is only as strong as the fire suppression testing tasks that are regularly undertaken to ensure its continued viability.
3 Steps to Proper Fire Suppression System Inspection
- Physical Inspection – Before the visiting technician starts examining electrical connections or water pressure valves, he conducts a thorough physical inspection of the entire fire suppression system. This includes everything from the pipes themselves to the nozzles that descend from the ceiling, and the connection points between pressurized canisters, valves, and piping.
- Careful Records – Every fire suppression system inspection needs to be written down or recorded in some way to make sure they are done at responsible intervals. This is important not only to ensure proper function in case of an emergency but also full compliance with federal regulations and possibly insurance company guidelines.
- Function Capability – During the fire suppression system inspection, all electrical circuits must be checked to make sure that everything is in working order. The sensors must relay the message to the discharge circuit and the fire alarm if it is integrated into this setup.
Additional Fire Suppression Testing Requirements
Proper fire suppression testing gives additional peace of mind to property owners and is the only way to check certain aspects of this all-important protection mechanism. Technicians use the latest tools to verify proper pressure inside the water or chemical storage canisters. Circuitry between the control panel and all other features are also tested thoroughly.