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Automatic Sprinkler Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

Fire department connections

At least quarterly all fire department connections must be inspected to verify:
they are undamaged couplings rotate smoothly
caps are in place check valve is not leaking.  The connection should be visible, properly marked, and unobstructed.

The fire department connection in the photo is missing the caps and has debris inside. It must be disassembled to remove the debris and make sure that none has fallen into the piping.
A couple of words to the wise... many people, when they see the caps missing will simply replace the caps. Some may actually look inside and if they see no debris, they will then put caps on the connection. This is not proper, because one may not be able to see far enough into the connection to know if there is debris inside. So, some people will try to jam their fingers into the outlets to verify that there is no debris. This is an extremely bad practice these days because fire department connections in some areas have become handy deposit boxes for syringes and other similar objects. The only correct way to verify that it is clean and free of debris is to take the connection off of the pipe or building and then examine it.
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