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Automatic Sprinkler Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

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This sprinkler control valve froze and broke during cold weather. An effective inspection program would have detected that the valve was in an area subject to freezing. An effective maintenance program would have quickly replaced the valve. Assuring that a sprinkler system remains operational requires a program instituted by facility management that includes the following elements:
Inspections
Tests
Maintenance
Management Oversight

Automatic sprinkler systems have a remarkable performance record. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that more than 99% of all fires experienced in their sprinklered buildings were controlled or extinguished by the automatic sprinklers. In 90% of those fires only one or two sprinkler heads actually fused. When sprinkler systems do fail to control a fire, it can usually be traced to human error.

One of the leading causes is lack of an effective inspection and testing program to detect problems that may cause failure before a fire occurs. Another leading reason for sprinkler failure is lack of management support or involvement in the maintenance program. All too often the inspection and testing program detects and reports a problem, but management fails to follow-up to assure the deficiency is corrected.

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