In order to keep your fire hose ready for action and in top condition it is important to familiarize yourself with the frequency of maintenance services needed on your equipment. Let us take care of the rest. National Fire Safety provides full maintenance and fire certification and inspection of your fire hose and all its’ components.
We follow the National Fire Protection Association’s, insurance companys’, and local building inspectors’ guidelines and standards for the testing, inspection, maintenance, and use of fire hoses, couplings, and fire-fighting nozzles (NFPA 1962). Your inspections follow these to ensure that your fire protection equipment is in ready condition should the need ever arise, and you are provided with all of the compliance documentation.
Standpipe and Fire Hose Inspections
Standpipe systems and fire hoses provide important backup fire protection for your sprinkler system. In a fire, occupants and, occasionally, firefighters, use the fire hoses to protect a building.
NFPA 25 and NFPA 1962 govern the inspection and testing of standpipes and fire hoses. Our certified fire protection technicians inspect your system to ensure it complies with applicable regulations and safety standards, checking:
- The hoses’ physical condition
- Proper connection to water supplies
- Presence and operability of the appropriate nozzle assembly
- Operability of the water supply valve
- Fire hoses must also be serviced annually.
Standpipes and fire hoses must comply with an overwhelming number of regulations, from installation and design (NFPA 14, 1961) to couplings and attachments (NFPA 1963) to inspection, care, use and testing (NFPA 25). We have summarized a few of the inspection and testing requirements below for your reference.
- Locked and supervised valves (including tamper switches)
- Hose stations and cabinets: conspicuously identified, free of obstructions, hose is in proper position, all equipment is in place and in operable condition. Cabinets should contain only fire protection equipment.
- Fire department connections: appropriate identifying signs for the fire department, clear of obstructions and protective caps in place. If caps are not in place, examine for refuse and back flush if appropriate.
- Main drain test
- Test hose, hose valves and all other related valves
- Inspect hose connections, pressure regulating devices, nozzles, racks and storage device
- Test hose storage device
Standpipe and hose systems which have been modified, extended or restored after more than 12 months of disuse must be pressure tested at the highest and most remote hose connection. Every five years, standpipe and hose systems must undergo a full flow test to ensure they can deliver the water supply as designed.
In addition, you need to check the system’s sealed control valves and gauges weekly. While only a qualified fire protection technician should conduct the annual inspection and tests for your standpipe and fire hose system,
After each inspection, our fire protection technicians report any deficiencies to you. And as a full-service fire protection company, we will remedy any deficiencies, including clearing out debris, upon request.
To schedule your fire hose test, call one of our fire protection specialists today….
Cutting Insurance Rates with
Improved Fire Protection Programs
Your insurance policy is the number one driving factor when it comes to making the Life Safety decisions of your business. There is no cut rate insurance plan for life safety, you either meet the codes or not, it is that simple, and your business protection and payment on claims depends on it. It is up to the business owners to ensure that all life safety inspections are completed and ensured compliant by qualified service provider. Insurance companies are not in business to pay claims, but rather focus on keeping businesses safe with claim avoidance and that is where we come in.
ALL ABOUT RISK
Your life safety program is considered as an extension of your business insurance policy. All of the mandated inspections and services performed, lessen the risk associated with your business, which in turn, directly reflects in your premium rates. You count on us, not only to meet the minimum requirements but to maximize the reduction of risk to benefit both your business health, and your bottom line. The principle is the same as having an anti-theft device in your car, if you have one, you’ll get better rates. We work directly with your insurance provider to maximize your savings based on this same principle.
Our exclusive Rate Assurance Program all but guarantees that you are getting the maximum insurance savings, eliminating claim issues, and virtually enabling your Life Safety Protection Program to pay for itself. At National Fire Safety, we have gained the respect from your insurance companies, contractors, building officials, fire marshals, and more, so much so, that we train them at own state of the art training facility. Now That’s Respect!