Checking your fire protection systems continually is essential if you want to avoid accidents in the fire departments. A regular fire suppression system inspection schedule ensures that your fire alarm and safety systems, in general, are in the best shape possible.
Adherence to a regular inspection schedule plays an essential part in securing fire safety. This article will guide you through the process. Keep reading!
How Frequently Should You Do Inspections?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends building owners to inspect their fire equipment in Arizona at least four times per year to ensure that the fire sprinkler system will work in the event of fire alarms.
Who Can Do Fire Protection System Inspections?
Several property managers believe they can check their sprinkler system and other fire department connections themselves. While the NFPA doesn’t restrict building managers to perform their annual inspections, it’s recommended that these are done by a qualified person since any wrong move could jeopardize the fire suppression system.
When it comes to weekly and monthly inspections, the schedule can be completed by trained people. On the other hand, quarterly and annual inspections for fire extinguishers should be done by the local fire department in Arizona or other trained professionals.
In Arizona, there are particular requirements for making an inspection report, and professionals are trained to know the local codes, which is why it’s always recommended for them to take care of your equipment to keep occupants safe at all times.
Fire Alarm System Inspection Checklist
Here’s what a regular inspection in Arizona would look like:
Weekly Inspections: Here, you must take a look at control panels, power supplies, LEDs, fuses, and other trouble signals in case you have unmonitored alarms.
Monthly Inspections: In this case, you will consider batteries and power sources in general. You must also verify that your central station is receiving the right signals.
Quarterly Inspections: In quarterly inspections, you will make a battery load voltage test and ensure that your remote annunciators are working correctly.
Annual Inspections: Finally, annual inspections will take a look at your entire fire system by reviewing all the components and equipment through functional tests of the smoke detectors or other initiating devices.
Fire Protection Systems Inspection Checklist
Regarding your protection equipment, you would have to complete the following inspection schedule. Keep in mind that, in this case, the inspections must be done for up to 10 years to ensure that the systems are working correctly.
Weekly Inspections: You will take a look at your control valves, deluge systems, and gauges in dry and pre-action systems.
Monthly Inspections: In this case, you will only look at gauges in wet pipe systems.
Quarterly Inspections: You will take a look at water flow alarm devices, valve supervisory alarm devices, valves, hydraulic nameplates, safety signs, hand-wheels, connections, and supervisory signal devices.
Annual Inspections: Finally, you will have to look at seismic bracing, pipes and fittings, sprinkler heads, spare sprinklers, control valves, and dry valves. Moreover, you will test the main drain, the water flow alarms, the main drain, the annual hydrant flow, and the fire pumps.
Once you get to the three-year mark, you will take a look at your dry valve systems. Then, once you reach the five-year mark, you will do an internal inspection of the fire department connection. Finally, you will check your dry sprinklers once the systems reach 10 years.
Fire Extinguisher Inspection Checklist
Finally, make sure you provide your extinguisher systems with the following schedule of inspections in Arizona:
Monthly Inspections: Visual inspections only.
Annual Inspections: Get the equipment checked by a fire protection company.
Five-Year Inspection: You must provide a hydro test for wet chemical, water, and carbon dioxide extinguishers.
Three-Year Inspection: Here, you will check the FFFP and AFFF foam extinguishers.
Six-Year Inspection: Check the dry chemical extinguishers.
12-Year Inspections: Check your halogenated and dry chemical extinguishers.
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