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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How important is maintaining a fire sprinkler system?

Many say they understand how important it is to conduct proper inspections, testing, and maintenance (ITM) on our fire protection systems, but do they really understand? Many do not find out the true importance of proper ITM of a fire protection system until it is too late.   Take NASA for instance.

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