Fire Sprinkler Inspections: Quarterly and Annual Requirement Checklist

The National Fire Protection Association’s standards (e.g., NFPA 25) list specific requirements for what equipment needs to be inspected or tested and how often. Some items need to be inspected or tested weekly, others monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually, or after five years. Many of Ryan Fireprotection’s clients choose to have us come out quarterly and annually, while handling the more frequent requirements in-house. The following is a list of what …

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Control-Mode vs. Suppression Sprinkler Systems

There are two major categories of fire sprinkler systems being used today: Control-Mode and Suppression. Control-Mode Sprinkler Systems Most facilities use a control-mode sprinkler system. Control-mode systems are rated to “control” a fire until firefighters can come and put out the fire. While in some cases control-mode systems can actually put out fires, they are not rated or engineered to do that reliably. Suppression (ESFR) Sprinkler Systems Suppression sprinkler systems …

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Louisville Update

It has been almost a year since Ryan Fireprotection acquired Kentuckiana Sprinkler in Louisville, KY, and we are happy to report that the transition is going even better than expected.  Ryan has been able to enhance the service offerings to customers throughout southern Indiana, Louisville and surrounding communities in Kentucky by adding Ryan’s well-established design and fabrication services to an already proven team of installers and field techs. Some of …

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Year in Review: Looking Back at 2016 in the Fire Prevention Industry

The industry trends for the fire alarm industry has remained much the same as in the past several years. Use of wireless technology, voice-command systems, multi-criteria detectors, low-frequency (520Hz) sounders, co detectors, etc. has generally been increasing over the years due to technology advances and changing requirements in the states’ codes. Alarms systems are also becoming more Internet connected with some systems incorporating notifications by e-mail and text, web-based interfaces, …

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The Importance of In-House Fabrication

As a part of Ryan Fireprotection’s commitment to delivering the best in fire protection services in the Midwest, Ryan has its own in-house fabrication facility. Ryan Fireprotection’s fabrication facility can handle large and small jobs alike. Specialized jobs like fabricating large‑sized manifolds or working with stainless-steel piping are no problem for our experienced fabrication team. Nothing is better for the end user than to be served by an in-house fabrication …

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Quarterly and Annual Inspections

Quarterly and annual inspections are the two most common intervals for inspections and testing that Ryan Fireprotection conducts for its clients. Quarterly inspections are basically visual inspections of equipment to determine that they are in operating condition and are free from physical damage. Alarms are also checked to see if they are working properly. Annual inspections are both physical and visual. They are a more hands-on inspection and testing. While …

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Keeping Track of Inspection Documents

The following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards are applicable to many commercial facilities and have been widely adopted into the fire codes, nationally: NFPA 25—Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems NFPA 72—National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code NFPA 10—Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers NFPA 96—Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations NFPA 20—Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps …

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Historic Chicago building undergoes renovation with help from Ryan Fireprotection

More than 15 years ago, the last tenants vacated a 420-unit apartment complex that spans an entire city block on the south side of Chicago. The building, which is now known as Rosenwald Courts, was originally constructed in 1929 with the help of Julius Rosenwald, then-president of Sears, Roebuck & Company. The original inspiration for the complex was the Dunbar Apartments, built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in Harlem in …

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Understanding NFPA 25 Inspection Deficiencies and Recommendations

The National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 25—Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water‑Based Fire Protection Systems is the standard that Ryan Fireprotection follows when inspecting water-based systems, namely sprinkler systems. The NFPA 25 Standard is a living document that is updated periodically by NFPA. The current release is the 2017 edition. A facility needs to be in compliance with the edition of NFPA 25 adopted by their Authority …

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Fire Prevention Awareness

October is Fire Prevention Month, and the U.S. Fire Administration has deemed Oct. 9–15, 2016, as Fire Prevention Week. The U.S. Fire Administration, a wing of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is running this campaign. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait—Check the Date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.” To celebrate Fire Prevention Month, take the time to educate co-workers, staff, and building occupants about steps they can take …

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