Why Does California Require Inspection and Testing of Fire Sprinkler Systems and What Does it Consist Of?

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2014

An inspection is a visual examination of a water-based fire protection system, or portion thereof to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free of physical damage. A test is a procedure used to determine the status of a system as intended by conducting periodic physical checks such as waterflow tests, fire pump tests, alarm tests, and trip tests of dry-pipe valves.

To refine fire sprinkler evaluation methods and frequency the Office of the State Fire Marshall has made major amendments to the automatic fire extinguishing systems maintenance protocol found in Title 19, Division 1, of California Code Regulations to incorporate, by reference, the National Fire Protection Association Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of fire protection.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA 25, Chapter 5 as amended by CCR, Title 19) the sprinkler inspection, test, certification and/or maintenance procedures shall consist of the following:

Quarterly Inspection:

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