Broadly, fire protection equipment is designed to alarm in the event of fire and protect property and people from fire. Here are several issues we commonly encounter regarding fire protection equipment. Check this list to see if you may have similar exposures. Have defects corrected promptly and use a qualified third party as required by code and or local jurisdiction. When in doubt about your requirements, contact your local fire authority.
Portable fire extinguishers:
- Insufficient numbers on site.
- not currently inspected (required annually and done by a third party).
- not mounted or signed or re-located but not mounted or signed.
- equipment access blocked.
- not found on mobile equipment (such as forklifts).
Fire sprinkler systems:
- not currently inspected.
- data tags or plates missing from fire risers
- fire sprinkler head wrench not found or located with spare heads.
- storage of materials closer than 18” from ceiling-mounted heads.
- fire monitoring panel not inspected or in fault mode.
- fire sprinkler heads missing escutcheons.
- fire riser faults such as: unchained valves (in lieu of an electronic valve monitoring).
- lack of current flow testing in wet pipe systems.
- automatic fire doors propped open.