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When Should You Have Your Fire Protection Systems Inspected?

Chesapeake Sprinkler Fire Protection Proivder

As a business owner, it’s essential to understand the complexity of fire protection systems. Equipment such as fire sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems, and fire alarms is necessary to create a safe commercial building environment. Without these systems, you risk losing lives and valuable property in an emergency. That’s why it’s critical to conduct testing to ensure your fire protection systems remain operational and in good working order. Continue reading to learn more about when to inspect fire protection systems.

Know The Difference Between Inspecting And Testing

Inspections and testing are necessary to maintain compliant and functional fire protection. It is important to note that these terms should not be used interchangeably. Inspections involve visually assessing the components to ensure they are in good order. For example, a technician may visually check the fire sprinkler pipes for leaks or corrosion during an inspection. On the other hand, testing involves conducting an operational check of all components in a given system. Our qualified inspectors will run various tasks, depending on the type of system, to ensure that your devices or components are operating correctly.

NFPA Codes 

If you own a building or are responsible for its maintenance, you must schedule regular inspections and testing of your fire protection systems. To better understand the timing and requirements for these inspections, it is recommended that you review the codes set by the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA has different codes for suppression systems, including fire extinguishing systems and fire alarms. Additionally, it is wise to research your state’s guidelines, insurance company requirements, and local jurisdictions, as they may follow different NFPA code versions or have specific requirements.

Remain Compliant With Local Codes and Insurance Policies 

It’s important to know when to inspect or test your fire protection systems, especially in an area with strict regulations. Check with your city or municipality if they require a Fire Department Code Enforcement Division inspector to witness the testing. Additionally, your insurance carrier may have requirements that you must comply with. Include your insurance carrier in your Fire Protection Maintenance plans to ensure compliance.

Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!

Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region, which is now a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company. As a full-service fire protection company, we offer design, fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and inspection of fire protection systems—everything you need from your fire suppression specialist.

For more information, please email or call our Odenton location at 410-674-7041, our Ashburn location at 703-729-5150, or for service/maintenance Chesapeake Protection Services at 410-674-7577. For emergencies, call 800-298-3473 (FIRE). Feel free to keep in touch through FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn!

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