Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Information Packages

Fire Protection System Sign Requirements
Inspection and Testing of Fire Protection Systems
Internal Pipe Inspections and Obstruction Investigations
Replacement / Calibration of Automatic Fire Sprinkler Gauges

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Installation Permit Applications

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Affidavit for Alterations or Tenant Improvement (1-20 Sprinkler Heads)
Automatic Fire Sprinkler Installation Permit Application

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Plan Review and Permit Submittal Requirements

Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Plan Review and Permit Requirements

Fire Protection Systems - Out of Service Forms

Fire Protection System - Out of Service Notification
Fire Watch Requirements and Procedures
Notice of Fire Watch

National Fire Protection Association Forms (NFPA 13 -2013 Edition)

Contractor's Material and Test Certificate- Aboveground Piping
Contractors Material and Test Certificate - Underground Piping
NFPA 25 - Fire Sprinklers and Standpipe Inspection Testing Frequencies
Owners Information Certificate

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Life Safety

Sprinkler system effectiveness in terms of life safety is best summarized by the following statement, which is based on fire incident data: ‘‘NFPA has no record of a fire killing more than two people in a completely sprinklered building where the system was properly operating." A fire sprinkler system that is properly installed and maintained can provide protection against loss of life and property in the event of a fire.

The fire sprinkler system consists of a water supply, which provides adequate pressure and flow rate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected. In the event of a fire, an automatic fire sprinkler will allow water to flow from the sprinkler when it is exposed to sufficient heat to release a heat sensitive element (fusible link or glass bulb).

Only sprinklers subjected to a temperature at or above their specific temperature rating will operate.

Automatic Fire Sprinklers Are Designed to Protect Property

Sprinklers provide a high level of life safety. Statistics reveal that there has never been any multiple loss of life in a fully sprinklered building. Property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers. 

The combination of automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in all buildings could reduce overall injuries, loss of life and property damage by at least 50%.

When a Fire Occurs, Sprinkler Heads Go Off Individually

Sprinkler heads are individually activated by fire temperatures in excess of 155°.

Residential fires are usually controlled with one sprinkler head. 90% of all fires are controlled with six or fewer heads and a study conducted during 80 years of automatic sprinkler use found that 82% of the fires that have occurred were controlled by two or fewer sprinkler heads

Water Damage From a Sprinkler System

Water damage from a building sprinkler system will be much less severe than the damage caused by water from firefighting hose lines or smoke and fire damage if the fire is allowed to spread. 

Quick response sprinklers release 8-24 gallons of water per minute compared to 80-125 gallons per minute discharged by a fire hose.

Research has demonstrated that only 1 in 16 million heads ever activates by accident.


Inspection, Testing and Maintenance

It is the responsibility of the property owner to inspect, test and maintain the water-based fire protection system. If the property owner is not the occupant, the property owner is permitted to pass on the authority for inspecting, testing, and maintaining the fire protection systems to the occupant, management firm, or managing individual through specific provisions in the lease, written use agreement, or management

These tasks shall be performed by personnel who have developed competence through training and experience. 

The inspection, testing, and maintenance can be contracted to a service company. Records should be maintained by the owner for the expected life of the system.