Navigating NFPA 25

Many know that NFPA 25 is the Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, but what many do not know is how to efficiently use the standard. Hopefully, by the end of this article, there will be a better understanding of the layout of the standard and how to use it more efficiently.

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The Cold Reminder about Sprinkler Systems

During cold months, these systems are more susceptible to catastrophic failure.  Frozen sprinkler pipes are one of the more common service calls throughout winter months. Maintaining a minimum of 40 degrees (F) is imperative in ensuring the sprinkler pipes do not freeze.  Many areas that go unnoticed during the summer can create issues in cold months, these areas include but not limited to entry ways (vestibules) and stairwells, unoccupied spaces, skylights, and areas that are not properly insulated. 

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To Flow or Not to Flow

The forward flow test has been a requirement in NFPA 25, the Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, since its inception in 1992. However, not many are aware of this requirement or how to conduct a proper test.  First, we begin with why the test is required. 

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Where it all begins-Chapter 5 of NFPA 25

This is one of the most used chapters in the standard as it covers inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of components for all water-based fire protection systems and is appropriately named “Sprinkler Systems.” In this chapter we will find the requirements for sprinklers, sprinkler pipe, hangers, and many other components. It also tells us where we can find information about components found in other chapters.

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