Installing Commercial Fire Sprinklers: 5 Useful Tips To Keep In Mind

Submitted by Zenka Hattingh

on Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:39

As a business, it’s important to adhere to The Australian Standards AS 2118 in fire safety in order to keep your business up and running according to the law – ensuring the well-being and safety of your employees and assets. Thus, having a reliable commercial fire sprinkler system installed is of the utmost importance for every business owner. However, there are certain things to keep in mind when choosing commercial fire sprinklers in order to ensure that you’re protected in times of need.

1. Never paint over sprinkler heads.

It’s absolutely crucial to keep fire sprinkler heads as is in order to ensure that they work as they should. By painting over commercial fire sprinkler heads, you’re potentially preventing the bulb from shattering in the event of a fire – causing the fire sprinkler to malfunction and allowing the fire outbreak to take over. Avoid tampering with any part of the commercial fire sprinkler – especially if you’re not a professional.

2. Ensure well-maintained pipework.

You need to ensure that the pipework used to attached to the fire sprinkler system is of the highest quality – showing no signs of a leak, corrosion, or a blockage. Remember, without adequate pipework, the water will be unable to reach the fire sprinkler heads, which will result in the commercial fire sprinkler to fail. The last thing you want is having a faulty commercial fire sprinkler in times when you absolutely need it most.

3. Opt for adequate water pressure.

Water is what’s going to save your assets from becoming dust, in which case you need to ensure that there’s a sufficient water supply source reaching the commercial fire sprinkler with the correct water pressure in order to contain the fire and save your commercial property. Without adequate pressure, the water will never reach the fire sprinkler heads like it should.

4. Avoid hanging objects from fire sprinklers.

As tempting as it may be to hang decorations or objects from sprinkler heads, pipes or sprinkler guards, this should be avoided at all costs. Ensure that objects which may block the adequate water supply are kept away from commercial fire sprinkler heads – providing adequate protection if and when you need it most.

5. Perform regular fire sprinkler maintenance checks.

According to Fireco, “It is important to test your fire sprinklers on a monthly basis by opening the test valve and listening for the alarm system to go off. This will save you the hassle of dealing with possible consequences if, in the event of a fire, your sprinkler system fails,” also adhering to AS1851 Section 2. Thus, your commercial fire sprinkler system needs to be checked and maintained by an accredited fire maintenance plumber in order to ensure that all parts are in working order and adhering to important regulations – potentially saving your business, assets, and employees in the unfortunate event of a fire outbreak.

Avoid fire-related incidents by implementing fire service surveys, maintenance, repair, and replacement of fire equipment conducted by certified fire maintenance plumbers in Melbourne.

Ensuring the safety of your assets and the employees occupying the commercial property will provide added peace of mind that you’re protected in the event of a fire – always preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. Remember, prevention is better than having to fix a problem that could’ve been prevented in the first place.

 

Sources: http://www.fcfnational.com.au/fire-sprinkler-systems/

http://www.fireco-sa.com/4-important-fire-sprinkler-maintenance-tips.html

http://www.firesys.com.au/Fire-Regulations-pg14399.html