Invest in Your Fire Sprinkler System Today!
If you’re a property owner or manager, you may have a fire sprinkler system in your building. Unfortunately, many of these systems are not properly maintained, and until a fire happens you may not realize how important the system really is.
Automatic fire sprinklers protect your employees, customers, and tenants, and can protect you from costly litigation. Often these systems are required by law, but did you know that they’re also required to have periodic inspection, testing and maintenance?
Fire protection systems are a significant building system, and as such, require maintenance and care so that they perform to their expectation in the event of a fire. Like owning a car doesn’t mean that it will run without maintenance, simply seeing sprinklers on the ceiling doesn’t mean your system will operate in an instant to extinguish a fire. The best way to know that your system is ready is through a documented inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) program. ITM procedures will increase the reliability of the fire protection system.
The purpose of ITM is to discover failures of components that would prevent the fire system from operating during an emergency event. When developing a program, you must be aware that fire codes and standards are the minimum actions to be taken. A building owner or manager can always do more but is not allowed to do less than what is required.
Need to Have a Fire Sprinkler System Installed? Save Money with Tax Resources
If your business does not have fire sprinklers or needs an upgrade, you’re in luck. Small businesses can now write off the full cost of commercial fire sprinkler systems as an expense up to $1.04 million. This benefit enables the business owner to immediately recover the costs of the upfront investment and those who borrow money to fund the project can fully deduct the interest expense of the loan.
Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code applies to the installation of new systems in existing structures and to upgrading existing systems. Business owners can easily protect entertainment venues under this provision, including bars, nightclubs, bowling alleys, and much more.
From Home to High-Rise, The NFSA is Your Free Resource
Whether you’re a homeowner looking for sprinkler protection in your home, or a building owner looking for a system inspection or installation, you should reach out to a qualified fire sprinkler company. NFSA member contractors meet NFPA 25 standards for competency, training, and experience. Please complete the form below for more information and an NFSA staff member will help you connect with one of our 13 members in the St. Louis area. You’ll be glad you did.