The City of New York and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have developed guidelines regarding the inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. These codes are designed to improve the functionality of fire sprinkler systems, which are essential in preventing the loss of life and property in the event of a building fire. Some common fire sprinkler code violations include:
According to Local Law 58/09, certain pipes, valves, and handles need to be painted certain colors. All buildings, no matter the size or occupancy, must comply with these requirements.
5 Year Tests
The New York Fire Department will issue a violation for hydrostatic testing every five years. This inspection must be performed by a licensed fire sprinkler contractor and witnessed by the Fire Department.
According to Section 220.127.116.11.2 of the NFPA 25, any sprinkler found to be corroded must be replaced. Protective wax coatings are not permitted to be applied after the sprinkler leaves the manufacturer.
Water Flow Test
The Water Flow Test is performed to test the alarm system on fire sprinklers. There are two types of water flow tests, depending on the size of the building. On smaller buildings a water motor gong is used to sounds the alarm when water runs through the pipes. This test must be done quarterly for buildings that use a water motor gong. On larger buildings an electrical water flow switch is tripped when water flows through the pipe. This switch is controlled by an electric command center that is put into test mode so that it does not disrupt the entire building. The test must be performed semi-annually in larger buildings using the water flow switch.
If you want to make sure that your fire sprinkler system is up to date with local and nationwide regulations, contact Capitol Fire Sprinkler. We have operated under the same name for over 60 years, providing residents and businesses of NYC with fire sprinkler inspections and installation services. Call (718) 533-6800 to learn more.