Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Houston Fire Sprinkler 5 Year Test & Inspection Certifications

Houston Fire Sprinkler 5 Year Inspection & Certification

In Houston your business or company may have to comply with Houston fire codes, rules, and regulations. In compliance with these fire codes you may be required to have fire sprinkler systems certified every 5 years. This service and maintenance will include tests, inspections and any necessary repairs of your automatic fire protection systems including fire sprinklers, wet pipe, dry pipe, deluge, and pre action systems, fire hose cabinets, plus on site fire hydrants, alarm and supervisory equipment attached to those systems.

Houston Fire Sprinkler 5 Year Test & Inspections

Each State has its own requirements, rules and fire code regulations. In Texas Safety, Building and Fire Codes, NFPA, and possibly the City of Houston Fire Codes may require you as a business owner to have your fire sprinkler system tested and inspected every 5 years by a State licensed fire sprinkler company in Houston.

Having a properly functioning fire protection system, is not only required in most commercial buildings, but if you have fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, fire hydrants and/or fire suppression systems may help you qualify for discounts from your insurance company and/or fire hazard insurance provider. Contact your insurance or fire hazard insurance provider for details.

The tests and inspections that are completed in your 5 year fire sprinkler certification compliance helps to ensure that your installed sprinkler system is properly working, there to help save lives and always helping prevent the devastating effects of fire.

Part I. Texas Department of Insurance
Chapter 34. State Fire Marshal
Subchapter G. Fire Sprinkler Rules

Houston, Texas Fire Sprinkler Test and Inspections

§34.707. Adopted Standards.
The commissioner adopts by reference in their entirety the following copyrighted standards and recommended
practices published by and available from the National Fire Protection Association, Inc. (NFPA), Batterymarch
Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269. A copy of the standards will be kept available for public inspection in the
State Fire Marshal's Office.
 (1) NFPA 13-2010, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems;
 (2) NFPA 25-2008, Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection
 (3) NFPA 13D-2010, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings
and Manufactured Homes;
 (4) NFPA 13R-2010, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to
and Including Four Stories in Height;
 (5) NFPA 14-2010, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe, Private Hydrant and Hose Systems;
 (6) NFPA 15-2007, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection;
 (7) NFPA 16-2007, Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray
 (8) NFPA (20-2010), Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection;
 (9) NFPA 22-2008, Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection;
 (10) NFPA 24-2010, Standard for the installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances;
 (11) NFPA 30-2008, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code;
 (12) NFPA 30B-2011, Code for the Manufacture and Storage of Aerosol Products;
 (13) NFPA 307-2011, Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and
 (14) NFPA 214-2005, Standard on Water-Cooling Towers; and
 (15) NFPA 409-2004, Standard on Aircraft Hangars.

The HFD Life Safety Bureau
Houston Fire Department
Life Safety Bureau
600 Jefferson, Ste. 600
Houston, TX 77002

The Life Safety Bureau (LSB) is a division of the Fire Prevention Command under the direction of the Fire Marshal. The Assistant Fire Marshal is responsible for managing the daily administrative functions of the LSB, along with overseeing fire and life safety code enforcement functions.
This division is responsible for the following:
  • Conducting fire and life safety inspections in all types of occupancies
  • Conducting public fire safety education campaigns
  • Enforcing the Fire Code and other related city ordinances
  • Inspections for, and approvals of, Fire Prevention Permits and Fire Marshal’s Approvals
  • Plan review and approval of fire protection and fire alarm systems
  • Creation, revision, and implementation of Fire Code
  • Standards and Operating Guidelines
  • Data and information management
  • Interaction with other governmental agencies

The “Houston Fire Department Standards” are important code enforcement supplements to the Fire Code, when required by the Fire Marshal, to regulate certain specific events, processes or hazards such as trench burning, pyrotechnics and liquefi ed petroleum gas storage and use. The Fire Code gives the Fire Marshal discretionary authorization to create or modify such standards as deemed necessary to meet the intent of the Fire Code.
The HFD Prevention Command
Executive Assistant Chief Richard Galvan

600 Jefferson, Ste. 700
Houston, Texas 77008

This Division includes the following divisions:

Planning & Homeland Security (Assistant Chief Thomas Munoz) - This division includes: Homeland Security; Intelligence Fusion Center Liaison; Policies, Procedures and Guidelines; Incident Management Teams; Planning and Research; LEPC and Joint Labor Management. 
Resource Mgt & Special Projects (Assistant Chief Herbert Griffin) - This division includes warehouse operations, general services liaison, apparatus design, building services, air pack and fleet services. 
Arson Bureau - The law enforcement agency of the Houston Fire Department is the Fire & Arson Investigation Division. This division responds in the event of incendiary fires, multiple alarm fires, fire deaths, bombings and criminal or terrorist activity associated with fires. 
Life Safety Bureau - The Life Safety Bureau (LSB) is a division of the Fire Prevention Command under the direction of the Fire Marshal. The Assistant Fire Marshal is responsible for managing the daily administrative functions of the LSB, along with overseeing fire and life safety code enforcement functions.

Links to the State of Texas Fire Marshal Codes
HFD Standards and Codes
*The link listed is a .pdf file and require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing
For additional information on Houston Fire Department Standards and Codes, contact the HFD Fire Marshal's Office at 832-394-6900 or by mail at 600 Jefferson, Ste. 600 Houston, TX 77002.


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