Fire safety is one of the main concerns for business owners all over the country. A fire in a commercial building can lead to serious injury or even death of employees and customers if it happens during business hours. Commercial fires can also lead to damaged merchandise, lost records, ruined equipment, and can close your business permanently. But did you know that sprinkler systems are a major contributor to commercial fire safety? From offices to warehouses, commercial buildings of all kinds should be equipped with sprinkler systems. So how do you know what the sprinkler requirements are for your building? Read on to find out.
The Act of Requirement
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued an act that changed the way fire sprinkler systems were installed. This act, the NFPA 13: Standard for Installation of Sprinkler Systems, is the national standard that establishes the procedures and conditions for installing systems and gives a consistent set of standards for meeting these fire safety requirements. This act makes building managers, fire system designers, and related professionals consult with fire safety authorities for guidance when installing new sprinkler systems.
What is Required?
Some of the sprinkler requirements for commercial systems include:
- Buildings more than 55 feet in height must have automatic sprinkler systems throughout the building.
- Any new building with a fire area exceeding 5,000 square feet, old buildings that have been remodeled or renovated, or any single tenant expansion requiring a new certificate of occupancy that increases the fire area beyond 12,000 must have fire sprinkler systems installed throughout the building.
- Fire pumps should be installed to increase the amount of pressure in a single sprinkler system if the sprinkler system is fed by a non-pressurized water tank or by a municipal water system. Municipal water sources do not provide enough pressurized water to sprinkler systems, resulting in ineffective systems.
- Whenever possible, a fire pump should be housed in a separate building. If it is located in the same building, the pump should be enclosed in a fire-rated room with an exterior entrance. These rooms should be clearly marked for easy access.
- Water supply control valves should be accessible for easy operation. Valves located in stairways should be protected and easily accessible during a fire. All valves should be clearly marked and identifiable with exterior signs showing the locations of each valve. These valves should be marked with information indicating the areas and locations covered by their water source.
These are just some of the sprinkler requirements the National Fire Protection Association has made to keep commercial buildings, workers, and clients safe. So, how safe is your building? If you are thinking about adding coverage to your commercial space, call Fireline today!
Fire Sprinkler Requirements with Fireline
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.