Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Houston Fire Protection Tests

Houston Fire Protection Tests

All fire protection systems should be tested and inspected per NFPA standards and codes, Federal, State and the City of Houston fire codes, rules and regulations.
Fire protection systems and the use of fire sprinkler, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, fire hydrants, standpipes, fire pumps, control valves, wet pipe, dry pipe all require periodic tests and inspections to be performed ensuring the system operates in the event of an emergency or fire.
Actively licensed fire protection companies, contractors, technicians and/or fire safety engineers are able to test and inspect your fire protection system and make sure you are complying with all Federal, State, and City fire codes, rules and regulations and health & safety codes in Houston.

Who Tests my Fire Protection System

You should work with actively licensed fire protection companies, contractors or technicians to perform all tests and inspections that described in the NFPA standards and codes, are needed to comply with fire codes in Houston or resolve violations received from safety code compliance officers, fire departments or fire marshals.

What is testing a Fire Protection System

Testing your fire protection system is a series of checks, both visual and mechanical that helps ensure that the fire protection system, its parts and components are all working. There are guidelines to testing the fire protection system as can be found in NFPA standards and codes, known as the standard for testing fire protection systems.
Testing the fire protection system will depend on what type of fire protection system is installed into your commercial building, home residence, structure, or facility. Fire protection systems are built exclusively for the building they were designed for, as each building has different fire hazards, floor plans, building design. Depending on the components that your fire protection system has testing will vary per each application. We encourage you to test the fire protection system regularly such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annually and every 5 years.

Where Fire Protection System Tests Occur

Testing your fire protection system is a series of tests done on each component of the fire protection system. For a standard water based fire protection system testing would occur on the fire sprinklers to ensure proper pressure and no leaks, sprinkler heads to make sure that the heat detector element and sprinkler head are functioning, fire alarms to make sure they are operating correctly and so forth.

When a Fire Protection System Test Should Occur

NFPA, Federal, State and the City of Houston may require you to perform tests and inspections to comply with fire codes, rules and regulations, avoid violations and to ensure your fire protection system is operating.
You should have your fire protection system tested on a regular basis a schedule should be created by the fire protection company that installed the fire protection system. The fire protection system should be receiving weekly, monthly, semi-annual, annual, and 5 year tests. These tests are completed to make sure all components of the fire sprinkler system are operating correctly.

Why Test a Fire Protection System

Your fire protection system is designed to accomplish two goals; save lives and possessions. However your fire protection system needs to operate in order to accomplish these goals. Testing your fire protection system on a regular basis helps ensure that in the event of a fire, your fire protection system will warn you of the fire danger giving you time to evacuate, stop the spread of fire and extinguish the fire.
New fire codes may require you to have your fire protection systems tested and inspected on a regular basis. Check with your local fire marshal in Houston for additional details.

How to Test a Fire Protection System

You should conduct testing your fire protection system according to the schedule given to you by the fire protection company that installed your fire protection system and according to NFPA guidelines.
If you do not have a schedule for proper testing of your fire protection system, we encourage you to contact an actively licensed fire protection company, fire safety engineer and/or a fire protection contractor in Houston to establish a set schedule to properly test, inspect and maintain your fire protection system.
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