To Cite or Not to Cite – Evaluating Installation in NFPA 25

Conducting an evaluation of a sprinkler system design or installation is outside the scope of NFPA 25, The Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. In this blog we will explore what NFPA 25 says about testing of components and devices through the owner’s evaluation section (4.6.1).When a main drain test cannot be conducted because the drain will not handle the full flow, does this qualify as an installation issue or can it be cited on an inspection and testing report? It is commonly not cited because it was approved or accepted by an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Does this mean it shouldn’t be cited? This question is also the same for testing flow switches when there is not a proper inspector’s test connection.  

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Coast-to-Coast Attendance at Minnesota Chapter Meeting

The Minnesota Chapter held a hybrid meeting on May 5 and enjoyed “coast to coast” participation from members on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and three states in between.

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The Story Not Told

We have known for years that news events must contain key elements to allow them to be considered newsworthy. Stories that are considered significant and prominent take headlines, while others are postponed or even lost on the cutting room floor. What is often missed from the headlines are the significant stories that fail to meet editors’ earmarks. Automatic fire sprinkler success stories often fall in this category and go widely unrecognized. Sometimes the important story is that non-event which failed to meet significant criteria and simply goes unnoticed or unreported.

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Member Monday: NFSA Staff Pays Visit to W.m. T. Spaeder in Erie, Pennsylvania

NFSA staff was able to visit with W.m. T. Spaeder’s team to discuss recent developments in the industry and to learn more about their company. The W.m. T. Spaeder Company has been family-owned and operated since 1914. Spaeder strives to be the premier contractor in the region and continue growing. Spaeder offers a number of services, including HVAC, water treatment, industrial process piping, and fire protection design, installation, and services. Spaeder offers fire protection services across western Pennsylvania, from Pittsburgh to Erie, as well as northeastern Ohio and western New York, and is looking to expand in the future.

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