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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Limited Sprinkler Systems

Does NFPA 25, the Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems encompass limited sprinkler systems?  This is a common question throughout the ITM community.  First, let us define the components that make up a sprinkler system.  In simple terms, it is a piping network with sprinklers that must have a water supply, water control valve, water flow alarm device and a drain. 

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The Basics of NFPA 25 Record Keeping

Most fire sprinkler contractors will retain fire sprinkler inspection, testing, and maintenance reports (ITM), but what does NFPA 25, The Standard for Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, require? 

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Why aren’t all Fire Hydrants – Red?

The consistency of color coding is widely varied by localities and jurisdictional preferences. It is also governed by many national agencies like American Water Works Association (AWWA), Occupation Safety, Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Codes council (ICC) to name a few.  Typically, there are three types of fire hydrants, public, private and yard.

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