FIRE & SAFETY SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

Inspections

Fire Inspection Services

Inspection Services

Fire Inspection Services

Recent trends show commercial building fires are up 26% in the last 10 years resulting in over 100,000 fires in 2018 alone, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

Fire and life safety inspections are a critical step in ensuring medical buildings, schools, public buildings, residential apartment communities, and offices are protected by full-function fire alarm systems,  automatic fire sprinkler systems, and suppression systems in the event of a fire.

When these systems are properly maintained they are extremely effective in eliminating and extinguishing elements of fire, as well as notifying occupants of emergency situations. Maintaining a timely and accurate inspection schedule in compliance with all enforced regulations from national codes down to local code amendments reinforces public confidence and assurance these systems are ready to protect people and property in the unexpected event of a fire.

It is vital each piece of the life safety network is operating at the time fire strikes. This means multiple systems with many maintenances needs all scheduled at various times throughout the system lifecycle. We understand maintaining these records and systems is required and best achieved by coordinating all services with one company. We offer a large variety of inspection services to make it easier on your building and business needs:

FIRE & SAFETY SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

  • Weekly and Monthly: visually inspections
  • Quarterly: testing of the mechanical devices, inspect control valves, hydraulic nameplates, supervisory signal devices, valve supervisory alarm devices, and water flow alarm devices
  • Semi-Annual: test pressure switch devices
  • Annually: testing of the complete system, Depending on the system design this could include fire pump flow tests, private fire hydrant testing, fire, and domestic backflow inspections, dry pipe system testing, deluge system, pre-action valves, tamper, and water flow switches. Visual inspection of hanger/seismic bracing, information signage, pipes and fittings, and spare sprinkler part and accessory inspections.
  • Three Year: dry sprinkler system testing, air-leak testing, fire hose, and valve testing
  • Five Year: FDC hydrostatic testing, standpipe flow test, internal valve inspection, hydrostatic testing of dry standpipes, private service main flow test, internal and external piping system and gauge replacement
  • Ten Year: sprinkler head testing

Many inspection, maintenance, and testing requirements are determined by the overall system design.  These designs can include a wide variety of water-based systems such as standpipes, water misting, deluge, private hydrants, wet and/or dry systems, storage tanks, etc. which required different testing frequencies and requirements.

  • Fire Alarm System Inspections: testing and inspecting of the fire alarm system to ensure proper functionality
  • Audibility Test: testing of the system to ensure audible requirements meet code
  • Sensitivity Test: testing of the system to ensure detection is calibrated
  • Door Lock Inspections: testing of the magnetic locks to ensure doors release in the event of an emergency

Depending on the system design these inspections can be required daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually, bi-annual and tri-annual.

For more information see NFPA 72

Monthly and annual inspection services – inspecting and testing of the emergency lighting and exit signs

For more information see NFPA 101

These inspections include a visual inspection of the system for defects, ensure proper functionality of the exhaust fan, replacement of fusible links, and testing of the detectors and actuators. NFPA 96 requires these inspections often depending on the cooking type:

  • Monthly: Solid fuel cooking operations
  • Quarterly: high volume cooking operations such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, or wok
  • Semi-Annual: low-volume cooking operations
  • Annually: small operations cooking such as churches, day camps, or seasonal businesses

  • Monthly: inspection of the system for deficiencies according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Semi-Annual: examine all detection and releasing components, piping, hose assemblies, nozzles, signals, auxiliary equipment, and dry chemicals. Depending on the system, hydrostatic testing may also be required
  • 12-Year Hydrostatic Test: testing of dry chemical containers, auxiliary pressure containers, and hose assemblies

For more information see NFPA 17

  • Monthly: visual inspection of the system and enclosure
  • Semi-Annual: an examination of the agent quantity and pressure
  • Annual: testing of the control panel and equipment and hoses
  • Five Year: testing of all hoses and inspection of containers
  • 12-Year Hydrostatic Test: testing of wet chemical containers, auxiliary pressure containers and hose assemblies

For more information see NFPA 2001

  • Monthly: inspection of the location, tagging, and signage for the extinguisher along with pressurization and accessibility
  • Annually: external maintenance inspection of the apparatus. Depending on the type of extinguisher hydrostatic testing may also be required
  • 3, 5, 6 Year: internal exam and recharge depending on the extinguisher type

For more information see NFPA 1011A11C12, and 12a for more information

 

Building Reports

BuildingReports is an internet-based documentation reporting software used by facilities and municipalities providing easy access to reports from any location at any time for convenience and flexibility, especially when handling multiple properties. You control who can access or view the reports for your account. BuildingReports guarantees all information is kept secure with vigorously protected servers, multiple daily data-backups, and off-premises records archiving.

Our inspectors periodically have refresher training to maintain up-to-date, verifiable documentation. We perform regular, independent audits, both online and onsite to ensure consistency of inspections and reporting. This process provides intelligent compliance designed by industry experts to produce accurate, verifiable results you can trust.

These reports are fully customizable to cater to any market type and emergency response plan.

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