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Automatic Sprinkler Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

Overview

Impairments

Every facility must have a program for managing fire protection system impairments. This program must be implemented when testing and maintenance procedures require removing a system from service.

System Impairments:
Anytime a fire protection system must be removed from service it is an impairment.

IMPAIRMENT HANDLING PROCEDURES
Anytime an automatic sprinkler system or other fire protection system must be shut down the facility is at increased risk for a major fire. The potential for such an incident should be reduced by taking the following precautions.

Limit the duration of the impairment. Permit only one impairment at a time. Work continuously until the system is repaired and restored to service. Eliminate ignition sources by prohibiting smoking, hot work, and other open flames. Shutdown hazardous processes. Provide fire patrols and additional fire extinguishers and hose lines in the affected area. Provide temporary protection in the area if possible. Restore the system as quickly as possible and verify proper operation
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