If you suspect for any reason that the building you’re working in is in risk of violating the FDNY fire code, it’s important not to wait for a resolution! We always say that it’s better to be safe-than-sorry, and in this case, fire safety is one of our number one priorities.
Common FDNY Violations
In order to avoid receiving a violation, it’s very important that you continue to make sure you schedule regular inspections for your fire sprinkler system. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. helps with all fire sprinkler testing and inspection needs. Some of the most common violations you should be aware of are:
- VC1- Fire Extinguishers
- VC5- Inspection Record Keeping
- VC6- Signs
- VC7- Color Coding
- VC12- General Maintenance (Spare Heads etc.)
- VC17- Certificate of Fitness
- VC20- 5-year testing
What can Allstate do to help you resolve your FDNY building violation?
- All of the necessary paperwork
- Any scheduling issues
- Your fire sprinkler testing
- Any and all of your fire sprinkler repairs
Allstate Sprinkler Corp. can and will with you in order to assist you with all of the above in order to satisfy the conditions of your building violations.
Fire safety is an important building topic throughout the year. While death and injury are the greatest risks by fire, a building fire also destroys jobs. In fact, many of the buildings that are destroyed by a fire are never rebuilt.
Here are just a few important tips about fire safety in order to create a safer working environment with your employees:
- Keep your building clean and organized: Make sure to keep the workplace nice and organized. Clutter can contribute to a fire by providing fuel, preventing access to any exits and emergency equipment.
- Dispose of all trash properly: Make sure to place any oiled rags in a covered metal container. This waste must be disposed on a regular basis.
- Make sure to handle any and all machinery properly: Maintain machinery in order to prevent any overheating and friction sparks.
- Report any and all of your buildings electrical hazards: Many fires start with faulty wiring and the malfunctioning of electrical equipment. NEVER attempt any electrical repairs unless you’re required to do so.
- Maintain free access to all electrical control panels: Any material or equipment stored in front of the building control panels would slow down the shutting down of power in an emergency situation.
- Use and store chemicals safely: Carefully read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
- Take the proper precautions while handling the use of chemicals: Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.
- Help maintain building security to prevent arson fires: Lock up as instructed; report suspicious persons; and don’t leave combustible rubbish where it can be set afire outside the building.
- Do not smoke in “No Smoking” areas: Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials.
- Make sure you know all of your emergency contacts: Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address by the telephone in your station for quick access if a fire were to start in your work area.
- Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
In case of an emergency, remember to follow your building Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and call for help immediately.
Don’t let a fire threaten you, your co-workers and your job. Work safely to prevent fires, and know what to do if one occurs.
Has your fire suppression system (sprinklers) been inspected, or have you been cited by the New York City Fire Department with a violation? Allstate Sprinkler Corp. will assist you with all the necessary paperwork, scheduling, testing, and repairs necessary to correct the situation and dismiss the violations. Allstate Sprinklers offer an unprecedented level of experience handling these violations.
Regularly scheduled fire sprinkler inspections by Allstate Sprinklers Corp. are imperative to avoid being cited for violations by the fire department. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. can help with all your fire sprinkler testing and inspection needs. Allstate are experts in:
Fire Sprinkler Testing
Allstate Sprinkler Corp. performs five-year hydrostatic pressure tests on a daily basis with NYC Fire Department personnel. Five-year hydrostatic pressure tests are life-saving procedures. These tests simulate actual fire department events that take place during a fire. Allstate performs these tests accurately and diligently to assure you that your sprinkler system will always be fire-ready. Allstate testing crews work on sprinkler and standpipe systems supplied by gravity tanks, pressure tanks or street level city water supplies. The Allstate Sprinkler Corp. office support staff answers NYFD violations in a timely and effective manner.
Common FDNY Violations
The most common violations cited by the New York City Fire Department are:
• VC1- Fire Extinguishers
• VC5- Inspection Record Keeping
• VC6- Signs
• VC7- Color Coding
• VC12- General Maintenance (Spare Heads etc.)
• VC17- Certificate of Fitness
• VC20- 5-year testing
Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is an emergency based fire suppression contractor in New York City with an answering service to field any after-hour emergency and dispatch our on-call technicians accordingly. We're here to service our customers with any problem that may occur.
Has your forklift operator accidentally hit a sprinkler head? Did your furnace fail during the coldest night of winter. Have your sprinkler lines froze and begun to leak? Has a contractor damaged an existing sprinkler head? Allstate Sprinkler Corporation has faced every emergency scenario. Our vehicles are stocked with as many different sprinkler components that may assist in making a permanent or at least a temporary repair if material needs to be ordered.
If you experience a sprinkler system emergency, do not panic. Your first phone call should be to Allstate Sprinkler Corp. at 718-597-4060. Help will be on the way immediately. You can be assured that Allstate Sprinkler Corp. will answer your emergency call as quickly as possible. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. are your partners in protecting your business in New York City with fire sprinkler systems. We will help you -- every day at any time!!
New Yorkers are used to seeing fire suppression systems—sprinklers—throughout the commercial buildings we work and shop in. But we don’t often consider a sprinkler system for our homes. All State Sprinkler Corp. knows that more and more new-home builders on Long Island are planning homes with residential sprinkler systems installed as part of the construction process. Residential sprinkler systems save lives in the event of a house fire.
Nationwide, more than 4,000 people die in fires each year and 8-out-of-10 fire deaths occur in the home. They usually happen at night when you and your family are asleep. Fires are also fast; they can go from a tiny flame to total destruction in as little as three minutes. A residential fire sprinkler system can suppress and often extinguish a fire before the fire department arrives, giving your family time to escape.
Home fire sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene. Fire sprinklers save lives, reduce property loss and can even help cut homeowner insurance premiums. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) cites statistics that show installing both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system reduces the risk of death in a home fire by 82 percent (as compared to having neither). In a residential sprinkler system, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire. Ninety percent of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.
• Home fire sprinklers use only a fraction of the water used by fire department hoses.
• Home fire sprinkler systems are at least as reliable as home plumbing systems.
• Modern residential sprinklers are inconspicuous and can be mounted flush with walls or ceilings.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has partnered with FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, on an unprecedented research project to identify, analyze and evaluate the environmental impact caused by home fires—a topic of increasing international importance.
FM Global conducted full-scale fire tests in 2009 to compare the environmental impact of sprinkler and non-sprinkler home fires. The tests showed that in the event of a home fire:
• Greenhouse gas emissions were cut by 97.8%
• Water usage was reduced between 50% and 91%
• Fewer persistent pollutants, such as heavy metals, were found in sprinkler wastewater versus fire hose water
• The high pH level and pollutant load of non-sprinkler wastewater are an environmental concern
Built for the Future
Including a residential fire sprinkler system in your new home on Long Island is a great idea that can save your family members’ lives. When sprinklers are installed during construction the national average cost is only $1.35 per fire sprinkler square foot. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition is helping build support for residential fire sprinklers among builders through our BUILT FOR LIFE® materials. The BUILT FOR LIFE materials educates builders about fire sprinklers and teams them with fire service experts. You can watch the BUILT FOR LIFE video that details the entire building with sprinklers process. The BUILT FOR LIFE education kit includes brochures, a CD and DVD with everything you and your builder need to know about building with sprinklers. Best of all, you can order it for free. The BUILT FOR LIFE brochure can be downloaded so you can read it immediately.
The fire sprinkler system heads we see above us in so many public spaces are there to keep us safe from a fire. We take for granted that these systems are life savers and not just building-code requirements. These fire suppression systems are sophisticated systems delivering a very basic service: water to extinguish a fire. And because these systems are not constantly active, but rather they lay in wait for the unexpected to strike, their maintenance and repair are critical functions during down time.
The Seven Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems
- Wet pipe systems—are the most commonly experienced fire suppression system in use today. Wet pipe systems supply pressurized water through pipes and to sprinkler heads installed throughout the building. When a fire is detected, the sprinkler heads in the affected areas activate and rain water down on the fire. Wet pipe systems are effective, reliable, and easy to maintain.
- Dry pipe systems—probably the second-most-common type of fire suppression system in use today. These systems do not hold water within the pipes, which could burst if they ever froze. A positive air pressure is maintained in the pipe to keep closed a check valve to prevent water intrusion from other sources, like other pipes. Dry pipe systems are most often used in facilities that go unheated during cold winter weather (like parking garages). When a fire is detected, a valve releases the air pressure within the system, and that allows water to flow freely to extinguish the fire.
- Deluge systems—a fire suppression system where all the sprinkler heads that are connected to the water deliver pipes “open” (i.e., not individually activated). No water is present in the pipes on a constant basis, like a dry pipe system. When a separate fire detection system detects a fire, it sends a signal to open a valve and lets water freely on the fire.
- Pre-action systems—are specially activated systems used in such facilities as museums and libraries. Pre-action systems combine the features wet, dry, and deluge systems to protect valuable installations from accidental or indiscriminate fire suppression methods.
- Foam water sprinkler systems—uses a mixture of foam and water through special nozzles to encapsulate a burning transformer, fuel tank, or vehicle.
- Water spray—similar to foam water sprinkler systems, but spraying only water.
- Water mist systems—sprays tiny droplets of water into the atmosphere where a fire is present. The effect is to cool the atmosphere and reduce heat damage from the fire.
Allstate Sprinkler has an extensive repair team of skilled mechanics that are experienced in above- and below-ground system repairs. Fire sprinkler systems plumbing repairs like freeze-ups, ruptures, leaks, or rusted valves and sprinkler heads are just some of the repairs Allstate Sprinkler can fix. Allstate is expert in mechanical repairs to valves, sprinkler heads, standpipes and hydrants, water tanks and pumps. Allstate Sprinklers are the experienced experts in New York City for fire sprinkler system inspection, repair, and maintenance.
Contact us here at Allstate Sprinkler if you think that you're New York City sprinkler system needs to be looked at or repaired today!
If you’re looking for a commercial sprinkler system that will work to protect the safety of you and your loved ones, you’ve come to the right place. Sprinkler systems in residential areas in and around Brooklyn, NY are very complex, specialized, and are a part of the NYC standard fire code. Always working to keep you safe, Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is your go-to team if you live in or around the Brooklyn area for any of your commercial or residential fire sprinkler installations, inspections, and repairs.
Be safe and responsible by always taking the correct precautions during a fire hazard. Stay vigilant, and learn what you can do to find safety from a fire, before it’s too late. It’s always important to stay prepared for any type of emergency, and beat the ready ready.
A Few Tips to Remember:
1. Stop what you’re doing, and go: When it comes to a commercial fire in Brooklyn, timing is everything. If you find yourself in a commercial fire, do not take the time to collect any of your personal belongings. Time is precious, and the most important thing is to use it in order to get out of the building as soon as possible. Take the proper precautions necessary as you find the easiest access to an exit out.
2. Do not use any elevators: There are many buildings located in Brooklyn and throughout the city that have access to elevators for an easy exit; however, it’s very important that during an emergency such as a commercial fire, you should take the stairs as an emergency exit. This will help to prevent people from being trapped or wasting time waiting for an elevator. A fire will not wait for you, so you should not waste time waiting for the elevator; take the stairs or nearest fire escape available to you.
3. Follow the emergency action plan (EAP): It’s very important that if you’re working in a commercial building in Brooklyn or anywhere in NYC, that you know the set emergency exit plan for your location. It’s important that every person knows and follows the EAP, for in an emergency fire situation, chances are that crowding can occur when trying to find the exit. Following the EAP will help to ensure that you and everyone around you get out of the commercial building as quickly and efficiently as possible.
4. Stop, drop, & roll: If you ever find yourself in a fire situation that you can’t get yourself out of, remember these three words. Remember, hot air rises. If you’ve found yourself in a room that is filling up with smoke and you’re finding it difficult to breathe, you should get on your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest exit. The lower you are to the ground, the easier it will become to breathe. Through the rolling action, you’ll be able to take out a fire that may have caught onto your clothes.
Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Complete installations and alterations of fire sprinkler and standpipe systems
• Prompt correction of all fire department violations
• Five year hydrostatic pressure tests, emergency service and repairs
• Fire pump testing and installations
• Fire extinguisher sales and service
• All fire safety products and equipment
Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial fire protection needs this summer. If you think there may be a problem with your commercial sprinkler system, contact us at Allstate, and we will send in the best of the best to help you fix you system as quickly as possible. Call us at: NUMBER.