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Do I Really Need a Fire Sprinkler System if I Buy a Liquor Store?

The New York City’s Department of Buildings and Fire Department are constantly enforcing the commercial sprinkler laws that New York City landlords are required to abide by.  This law unequivocally identifies the commercial buildings in New York City where sprinkler systems are required to be installed.   If the occupancy and construction classification warrant such system(s), commercial building owners would be found liable in the event of a fire.  And regardless of insurance coverage, the lack of a properly inspected and tested fire sprinkler system may nullify insurance coverage.

Fire sprinkler systems benefit both the public and the owners of buildings in several ways. In addition to safeguarding those within the space, they reduce insurance premiums, and in the event of a true fire, they drastically decrease the amount of time a business may be interrupted or closed for necessary remediation and repair.

In regards to liquor stores directly, the combustibility of alcohol does not appreciably ignite and fuel fire, so long as the bottles containing it are sealed and standing in an upright position. The type of materials used as containers for alcoholic beverages varies greatly.  Whether plastic, glass, or metal, the material the container is made of is a factor when considering storage and volume of inventory. Plastic bottles, for example, do not melt as quickly as the caps placed on the bottles themselves.  In laboratory testing, the necks of these bottles melted only in part, and the body of the bottles did not present any significant contribution to developing fire(s).  This is due to the pressure inside the bottles, which is not released until and unless the cap fails.  As long as bottles remain upright, the liquid inside them keeps the walls of the bottles cool and reduces the ignition time of their contents.

Beer and wine (most often stored in metal cans or glass bottles) are both considered non-ignitable liquids.  As long as they are not stored in a cardboard or wooden boxes and/or crates, the likelihood of them burning is also slim. For each of these items, as well as alcohol stored in 1.75 L glass bottles within boxes/cases, it can be expected that when stored in stacks or columns (with or without pallets), the column itself will collapse rather than ignite, in most cases.

Regardless of the type of business or occupancy, it is important to understand that sprinkler systems are designed to protect against catastrophic fire and SAVE LIVES.   A properly installed, well-maintained hand regularly tested fire sprinkler system ensures that your business and occupants will be safeguarded in the event of a fire.  If you are buying an existing business or building a new facility in New York City, it is imperative that you inquire about the fire sprinkler system.  Understanding the details of its installation and maintenance can make a difference in your anticipated purchase, maintenance expenses, projected timeline to be operational, and your own peace of mind.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

What is Totally Involved in NY NFPA 25 Inspection

The National Fire Protection Association Standard # 25, otherwise known as NFPA 25, is the nationwide standard that governs the inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. Created in 1992, NFPA 25 has continued to evolve, with ever-improving criteria and guidelines regarding evaluation techniques pertaining to fire sprinkler inspections, fire pump flow tests, and all items applicable toward water-based fire protection systems.   This standard was created in order to help all building owners comply with laws, codes, and regulations in an effort to keep the public safe in the event of a fire.  The NFPA 25 testing and inspection regimen performed in accordance with New York City requirements ensures maximum system integrity to avoid failure, provide specific methods to ensure code enforcement, and ensures a fast, effective response in a fire emergency.

The NFPA 25 regimen mandated by New York City includes a specific annual, monthly, quarterly, weekly, and (in some cases) daily schedule of items to be performed. These items include information relative to the conditions of the system’s water supply, gravity and pressure tanks, valves, risers, piping, sprinkler heads, fire department connections, alarms, fire/booster/special service pumps, internal obstructions, and conditions of all other system equipment and accessories.

Weekly: Gauges, Heating system tanks with supervised low-temperature alarms connected to constantly attended location, Temperature alarms (not connected to constantly attended location), Water temperature (low-temperature alarms not connected to constantly attended location), Enclosure (during cold weather), Control valves (sealed), Heat (deluge valve house)

Monthly: Gauges (dry and preaction systems), Air pressure – tanks without their air pressure source supervised, Temperature alarms – connected to constantly attended location, the Water level –  tanks without supervised water level alarms connected to constantly attended location, Water temperature – low-temperature alarms connected to constantly attended location, High-temperature limit switches, Control valves (locked, supervised), Discharge device location/position (spray nozzle), Proportioning system(s) – all, Foam concentrate pump operation

Quarterly: Gauges (wet and deluge systems), Supervisory signal devices (except valve supervisory switches), System valves, Valve supervisory signal devices, Waterflow alarm devices, Waterflow alarm devices (Mechanical), Air pressure tanks that have their air pressure source supervised, Catwalks and ladders, Support structure. The surrounding area, Tank (exterior), Water level tanks equipped with supervised water level alarms connected to constantly attended location, Drainage, Waterflow alarm, Foam concentration strainer(s), Sprinkler systems, Supervisory signal devices, Hose valves, Low-pressure alarm, Quick-opening devices, Waterflow alarms

Annually: Hydraulic design information sign, Information signs,Internal piping condition, Pipe and fittings, Sprinklers, Sprinklers (spare), Antifreeze solution, Sprinklers and automatic spray nozzles protecting commercial cooking equipment and ventilation systems, Cabinet, Hose,  Hose connection, Hose nozzle (and after each use), Hose storage device, Hydraulic design information sign, Hose valves, Hose connection, Piping (constantly attended location), Expansion joints, Hoops and grillage, Painted/coated surfaces, Automatic tank fill valve, Fittings*, Hangers*, braces*, and supports*, Nozzles*, Pipes*, Control valves, Main drain test, Manual release, Strainers, Water spray system test, Water supply flow test, Fittings corrosion, Fittings damage, Pipe corrosion, Pipe damage, Backflow preventer(s), Complete foam-water sprinkler system(s) (operational test), Discharge device location/position/obstruction, Manual actuation device(s), Proportioning system(s), Water supply piping, Water supply

*and after each system activation

Other systems require attention at the 3rd, 5th, and 10th-year intervals as well.

Allstate Sprinkler’s inspection and service personnel have all been certified by the FDNY. We are uniquely qualified to help you meet the rigorous criteria for the necessary S-12 Certificate of Fitness.  We have customized computer software to verify and ensure that your facility is in compliance with all required codes and make certain that any potential liability and/or fines for non-compliance to NFPA 25 are mitigated.

Contact us immediately to complete the appropriate paperwork and contracts in order to satisfy the FDNY’s requirements and to ensure compliance with all local ordinances. We are fully knowledgeable of the NFPA 25 Fire Sprinkler Inspection regimen now mandated by the New York City Fire Department and we are fully prepared to assist you.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

Should Fire Sprinklers Be Inspected Before or After Buying a New Building

The National Fire Protection Association’s Standard # 25, more commonly referred to as NFPA 25, regarding the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems was adopted by New York City in 2012. The requirements of NFPA 25 are applicable to all buildings in New York City that are partially or fully sprinklered – including those that were previously exempt and now must comply.

NFPA 25 protocol consists of a complete and precise schedule for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire sprinkler systems.  Guidelines are provided to keep building owners up-to-date with the condition of their sprinkler systems while specific components of these systems receive daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual inspections and tests performed. Various categories of inspections and maintenance must be performed at regular intervals ranging from weekly visual checks to a thorough internal obstruction inspection every five years.  

When preparing to purchase an existing building, it is important for the buyer to receive a pre-purchase inspection of the building and all of its systems to ensure reliability and structural integrity.  Requesting the inspection, testing, and maintenance reports for the fire protection system is a practical and necessary part of this inspection process.  It is the responsibility of the seller to provide this information to the buyer in its entirety.

Allstate Sprinkler maintains all records of every fire sprinkler inspection in NYC and the surrounding areas that we perform and we can provide both hard copies and/or digital records upon request to the FDNY or your insurance carrier.

Call us today with any questions you may have regarding the purchase of a building in New York City.  Our expert team will perform a thorough inspection, provide a comprehensive weekly/monthly/annual procedural regimen, and maintain all records of these on file to comply with FDNY requirements going forward.  

Allstate Sprinkler wants to save you money, save lives and protect your property.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

Importance of Internal Obstruction Testing

As per NFPA 25, an internal inspection of fire sprinkler system piping is required every five years. The purpose of this inspection is to confirm the “presence of foreign organic and inorganic material.” Any and all foreign materials or years of sediment build-up can cause major obstructions to water flow and ultimate sprinkler head operation or failure

Testing and maintaining a commercial fire sprinkler system is not only a mandatory function but also an essential one for life safety.  Being that the internal diameter of the sprinkler pipe from the water supply source to a sprinkler head is not less than 3/4 of an inch (20 mm) and the adapter fittings from where sprinklers are attached to the piping is not less than 1/2 inch (15 mm) in diameter readily enables any debris to become trapped within the pipe and may cause a serious problem during a real fire situation.  The most common substance that causes obstructions is calcium carbonate or corrosion that comes from the public water supply.

As per NFPA 25 (Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems) Section 14.2.1.1 mandates an assessment of the internal condition of the piping every 5 years in order to detect the presence of any corrosive or foreign materials to prevent optimal function.

An in-depth look at piping will determine if a deeper investigation is required. Some areas will necessitate a more frequent inspection such as pipes in dry or preaction systems. The tests look for pooling water, (where trace water is left after an activation) that would make the piping system more susceptible to corrosion.

Non-metallic pipes are an alternative because they are corrosion resistant, however, these pipes can also have clogs and debris running through them that can cause obstructions and blockages.

Many obstructions can be prevented outside routine testing by looking for the following signs:

  • Any foreign material discharged during a test
  • Foreign matter in any check valves, pipe valves, or fire pumps
  • Unknown material detected in the system pipes
  • Plugged sprinklers
  • A failure to flush following repairs or a new installation
  • A record of any broken mains in the area
  • Frequent false tripping of dry pipe valves
  • Raw water sources from the fire department connection
  • The detection of any visual leaks
  • Reduced time water travels to the inspectors’ test connection from a dry pipe valve during a full-flow trip test.

Other indicators to look for would be the presence of rust, any black or off-colored water, or the smell of sulfur should prompt a deeper investigation.

The presence of bio-film also should raise a red flag as microorganisms within the pipes can cause obstructions and blockages as well.

Multiple factors can be attributed to failure and fire loss from improperly maintained fire sprinkler and water systems. Taking into consideration inefficient installation; previous repairs; pipe scale; raw water sources; ice plugs; and calcium carbonate deposits  – various factors contribute to the need for thorough and frequent inspections to mitigate fire loss.

As a property owner, taking a proactive approach is best to keep your fire sprinkler systems in top working order. Here are the dates to remember: 5-3-1 and Extra

  • 5 = NFPA 25’s 5-year internal inspections of pipe (Section 14.2.1.1)
  • 3 = The three-year checks on dry and preaction systems (Section 13.4.5.2.2.2)
  • 1= Annually assessing a sample of sprinklers where hard water is an issue ( Section D.4.5)
  • Extra = Any additional investigations for when certain conditions are observed (Section 14.3.1)

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

There are plenty of special considerations to know when it comes to installing residential fire sprinklers in NYC. Keeping things up to code and safe in a crowded metropolitan area is incredibly important. But how do you know that the company and person installing your sprinkler system are qualified?

That’s where Allstate Sprinkler Corp. comes in. We are the leader in fire safety inspection and installation of residential fire sprinklers in NYC. Our qualified technicians know exactly what it takes to keep your home and family safe. That’s why we’re the leading installer of residential fire sprinklers in New York City.

Installations, Repairs, and Inspections All From One Expert Team

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. isn’t just an expert in installing residential fire sprinklers in NYC. We also know exactly what laws you’ll need to observe and what codes you’ll need to be up to. We have extensive knowledge and long experience with keeping families safe from fire in New York. That means you can rely on us when it comes to the people most important to you.

Our reputation as the best installer of residential fire sprinklers in New York City comes from years of expertise and hundreds of satisfied customers. They know that they can depend on our residential fire sprinklers in NYC. When you schedule an installation with Allstate Sprinkler Corp., you’ll be joining our group of satisfied clients. They can personally testify about the quality of our products and the ease of our installation of residential fire sprinklers in NYC.

A Reputation of Expertise From Hundreds of Happy Customers

Each of our 100 service technicians is fully trained to inspect, install, and repair residential fire sprinklers in NYC. That’s why you can feel at ease with any tech who comes to serve you. No matter what your needs are with your fire safety system, the techs from Allstate Sprinkler Corp. can help. Our team will make sure your system is functional, up to code, and ready to protect you and your family.

Make sure that you’re protected from fire hazards in the city. If you need residential fire sprinklers in NYC, contact Adam at Allstate Sprinkler Corp at 718-524-3174

When it comes to protecting what you value most, fire sprinklers are second to none. Even if you’re just starting to look at fire sprinklers for your home, give Allstate Sprinklers Corp. a call to set up a FREE consultation for residential fire sprinkler systems installation.

The importance of a residential fire sprinkler system

Automatic fire sprinkler systems use less water than the fire department would use. A sprinkler head also responds immediately, saving precious valuables that may not be saved while waiting for the fire department to arrive.

Today’s sprinkler heads are designed to blend in with your ceiling, becoming almost invisible. Basic maintenance involves replacing damaged or painted sprinkler heads; annual inspections and water flow tests; and being careful not to block the spray pattern of any sprinkler head(s). Homeowners should check the pressure gauge once a month and open the inspector’s test valve twice a year to make sure the alarm bell rings and water flows clearly.

By having a fire sprinkler protection system in your home in Manhattan Bronx or the Greater NYC area, you may be able to save up to 20% on your fire insurance premiums.

Fact: Smoke detectors combined with a fire sprinkler system will reduce the chance of loss of life in a fire by 98.5%, compared to smoke detectors alone at 48.5%.

It’s more than just installation

Fire sprinkler installation is just one aspect of safeguarding your home from the threat of fire. You need to ensure regular fire sprinkler system maintenance, testing, and repair to ensure that the fire sprinkler system is in a perfectly serviceable condition at all times.

You don’t have much time to react when a fire starts, especially in a residential building in New York City. It doubles in the area every three seconds. While different materials have different combustion times, the determining factor is the fire’s temperature which correlates to how long it has been burning. Due to the variety of materials found in residential structures and the toxic gases that each type of material produces when burning, breathing the smoke can result in loss of life before the fire is visible. Fire damage to lungs and other organs can result in a fatal injury in 3-5 minutes. That’s why it’s important to install residential fire sprinkler systems in New York City with the professionals at Allstate Sprinkler Corp.

Fire department response times

Even if you have an alarm system that dials the fire department automatically, there is a lag between the time the fire begins to ignite and the time the alarm goes out. If someone on the scene has to call 911, even if it is you, by the time the fire is discovered, it will already be well into its timeline.

Generally, fire department personnel have a “wheels rolling” call response time of one to two minutes. That is the length of time it takes to receive the call, get into their gear, jump into their stations on the trucks, start the engine on the fire trucks, and pull out of the firehouse. Once they leave, they are at the mercy of traffic, road configurations, road conditions, and distance. Even when the station is close to your home, it can take a substantial amount of time for them to arrive on the scene. As you can tell from our timeline, if the fire is burning unchecked, there can be extensive property damage or even loss of life before the engines reach you.

The key to minimizing property damage and injury or loss of life is to slow down or extinguish the flames as soon as possible in your home in New York City.

Why choose Allstate Sprinklers?

At Allstate Sprinklers Corp, we understand that respect and integrity must be the foundation upon which all other activities are built. We are driven by the passion and professionalism of hands-on principals directly involved in all of our business pursuits in NYC.

We have over 100 full-time employees. Each field technician is trained and supervised throughout a comprehensive apprenticeship. This process contributes to an extremely high level of proficiency and quality work. All designs, engineering, fiscal management, material needs, and cost analysis are performed by our staff with the aid of computers and CAD technology.

Contact us at (718) 524-3174 to schedule a free consultation for residential fire sprinkler systems installation in Manhattan or any of our other services.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

In need of fire department sprinkler testing in Manhattan? Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is recognized as the most reliable, responsive, and respected fire sprinkler contractor in Manhattan.

As a full-service organization, we are committed to assisting you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs in Manhattan.

Inspection services

We provide complete design-build abilities for the installation, alterations, and repairs of both fire sprinkler and fire standpipe systems in Manhattan.

  • NFPA 25 inspection and testing services
  • Local Law 26 evaluation and compliance
  • Prompt correction of all FDNY violations
  • 5-year hydrostatic pressure tests of sprinkler and standpipe connections
  • Emergency service and repairs
  • Fire pump installations, testing, and repairs
  • Fire extinguisher sales and recharging
  • All fire safety-related products and equipment.

Fire sprinkler systems

Fire sprinkler systems in Manhattan such as sprinklers are the “first responders” to fire before the real first responders (your fire department personnel) can reach you. A fire sprinkler system is designed to buy time to allow complete evacuation of the site, keep the fire localized to where it began and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the structure, and preserve unaffected structures and inventory from damage or destruction by fire. In Manhattan, where many structures are grouped close together, fire sprinkler systems can prevent a fire situation from burning out of control and involving other buildings and people.

Hydrostatic Pressure Test In Manhattan

Is your business in Manhattan in need of a hydrostatic pressure test? Many building projects throughout Manhattan and New York City must comply with standpipe hydrostatic pressure testing requirements, and Allstate Sprinkler Corp. can help!

Have you had a violation that needs to be resolved? Our office support staff will make every attempt to make answer your violations in a timely manner. The scheduling of these tests is handled directly by the Fire Department’s appointment desk.

Hydrostatic Pressure Test is Every Five Years

The five-year hydrostatic pressure test is one of the most important inspections. It is the only one that looks inside the pipes to make sure that there is no corrosion that could cause a fire sprinkler failure. In addition, the inspection is an internal inspection that is conducted on every other wet-pipe fire sprinkler and all dry-pipe fire sprinklers.

During the check valve inspection, valves are taken apart, checked for debris or corrosion, cleaned, and then property owners in Manhattan are advised of any issues.

Keep Lives Safe

Five-year hydrostatic pressure tests are life-saving procedures. These tests simulate actual fire department events that take place during a fire. We perform these tests as accurately and diligently to assure you that your sprinkler system in Manhattan will always be fire ready.

These tests demonstrate that all the devices and fire pump components perform according to the manufacturers’ specifications as well as prove that the water supply is adequate.

Insurance flow tests and fire pump performance tests can deteriorate over time or be affected by impairments to water supplies. Regular testing can identify these problems and ensure that the sprinkler system and fire pump operate when needed.

To set up a free consultation for fire sprinkler testing in Brooklyn, NY, contact us today at (718) 524-3174.

5 Year Standpipe Test In Manhattan

Protecting property in Manhattan during the case of a fire is one of the top priorities for both the owner and FDNY. The 5 year standpipe test is just one way the FDNY can ensure that all standpipe and sprinkler systems in Manhattan stay up-to-date. Nothing can be as costly as a fire. Just the smoke from a fire can cause damage to textiles and other goods. In addition, it can cause the most terrible structural damage. At Allstate Sprinkler Corp., we can assist you in your efforts to comply with the FDNY 5 year test.

Having a fire sprinkler and standpipe system for your home or business in Manhattan is the best way to protect your property from the case of a fire. To ensure the sprinkler system is in top shape during any case of an emergency, it is necessary to have your sprinkler system checked regularly. At Allstate Sprinkler Corp, our mission is to build a distinguished and financially strong organization whose high standard of excellence is embraced by employees, clients, and the community we serve.

Guide For Checking Sprinkler System

Monthly

  • Inspect the valves of the system once a month. Make sure they’re in the open position and easily accessible.
  • Tighten any loose connections.
  • Check all pipes for signs of leaks or corrosion.
  • Check the air and water gauges to ensure the correct pressure is maintained for proper operation.
  • Compare the gauge reading to the instruction manual. The water gauge, generally, should read between 50 psi to 100 psi in order to pass the FDNY 5 year standpipe test in Manhattan.

Quarterly

  • Inspect all alarm devices for fresh batteries and ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Check all fire department attachments to the system for signs of leaks or damage.
  • Contact us or the New York City Fire department if signs of damage to your sprinkler system in Manhattan are apparent.
  • Open the inspector’s test valve slowly until water begins to drip out. Listen for the alarm bell from the system. When the alarm bell sounds, close the valve.

Annually

  • Inspect the sprinkler heads for damage such as rust or bending.
  • Pour water down the main drain to ensure that it’s not clogged.
  • Turn off the water to the system and make sure it lives up to the FDNY’s 5-year test standards.
  • Open and close all the valves to ensure they have the correct range of motion.

Remember that sprinkler check-ups aren’t the only things you should keep up with for the five-year test. At Allstate Sprinkler Corp., we’re here to remind you that a fire-safety system in Manhattan has many parts that all need to be working at all times. After all, fire waits for no one. We are here to make your home or business in Manhattan as safe as possible in case of a fire.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

In need of fire sprinkler testing in Brooklyn, NY? When it comes to such a high-priority job, Allstate Sprinkler Corp. knows sprinkler testing is extremely important. We have over 100 full time employees on staff, trained and supervised throughout a comprehensive apprenticeship.

Fire safety

Fire Safety EquipmentFire safety for residents in Brooklyn, NY is something that has been embedded in our minds since we were children. We can all remember receiving a visitor from the fire department in our classrooms and going through the procedures of fire drills and fire safety tools that can be applied any time at any place.

Without sprinkler testing, we would be at risk if a fire was ignited and the sprinkler systems were not working. As a result, testing fire sprinklers is incredibly important for the protection of individuals in Brooklyn, NY.

Fire Sprinkler Testing

At Allstate Sprinkler Corp., we perform 5-year hydrostatic pressure tests on a daily basis with Fire Department personnel. Our testing crews work on sprinkler and standpipe systems.

Five-year hydrostatic pressure tests are life-saving procedures. These tests simulate actual fire department events that take place during a fire. We perform these tests as accurately as we can in order to assure that your sprinkler system will always be ready to take action in case of a fire.

Fire Department Sprinkler Testing Brooklyn

Consistent testing and inspection of fire sprinkler systems in Brooklyn and throughout New York City is mandated at regular intervals by the New York City Fire Department. These inspections save lives by focusing attention on areas that need improvement or remediation before being certified as safe and in good operating order.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a nonprofit organization established in 1896, in 2014 (the last year data was collected), there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused:

• 3,275 civilian deaths

• 15,775 civilian injuries

• $11.6 billion in property damage

494,000 were structure fires, causing 2,860 civilian deaths, 13,425 civilian injuries, and $9.8 billion in property damage.

193,500 were vehicle fires, causing 345 civilian fire deaths, 1,450 civilian fire injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage.

610,500 were outside and other fires, causing 70 civilian fire deaths, 900 civilian fire injuries, and $237 million in property damage.

In 2014, fire departments in the United States responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 64 seconds.

• One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.

• One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.

• One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 41 minutes.

• One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.

• One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes and 8 seconds.

Structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, but 47% of civilian deaths, 82% of civilian injuries, and 69% of direct property damage.

Heating equipment (14% of total) and shop tools and industrial equipment (also 14% of total) were the leading causes of structure fires in industrial or manufacturing facilities.

A mechanical failure or malfunction was a factor contributing to the ignition of one in four structure fires (24%) in industrial or manufacturing properties, accounting for 23% of civilian injuries and 21% of direct property damage.

Fire sprinkler systems like sprinklers are the “first responders” to fire before the real first responders (your fire department personnel) can reach you. A fire sprinkler system is designed to buy time to allow complete evacuation of the site, keep the fire localized to where it began and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the structure, and preserve unaffected structures and inventory from damage or destruction by fire. In an urban environment like Brooklyn, where many structures are grouped close together, fire sprinkler systems can prevent a fire situation from burning out of control and involving other buildings and people.

Allstate Sprinkler Corporation is recognized as the most reliable, responsive, and respected fire sprinkler contractor in the New York City metropolitan area. As a full-service organization, we are committed to assisting you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. Our services include complete design-build abilities for the installation, alterations, and repairs of both fire sprinkler and fire standpipe systems; NFPA 25 inspection and testing services; Local Law 26 evaluation and compliance; prompt correction of all FDNY violations; 5-year hydrostatic pressure tests of sprinkler and standpipe siamese connections; emergency service and repairs; fire pump installations, testing, and repairs; fire extinguisher sales and recharging; and all fire safety-related products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinklers also carries a large selection of fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. We can help your make sure your building is compliant under Local Law 26 as well as NFPA 25, and also help you fix any FDNY Violations you may have been served. If you need emergency assistance, Allstate Sprinkler Corp is a 24hr emergency-based fire sprinkler contractor in New York City. Contact us today at 718-524-3174.

To set up a free consultation for fire sprinkler testing in Brooklyn, NY, contact us today at (718) 524-3174.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. 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, and all fire safety products and equipment.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

Inspect, Test, and Repair Fire Sprinklers According to NFPA 25 Standards

From commercial buildings to apartment complexes, many buildings have a fire sprinkler system. The purpose of these systems is to prevent fires from spreading throughout the complex.

Most fire sprinkler systems operate automatically, however, they do require experts to conduct an NFPA 25 inspection to ensure the systems are in working order and will function as designed.

The NFPA 25 inspection requires building owners to monitor several things. These requirements include:

  • inspecting the pipe system gauges
  • ensuring water pressure maintenance
  • inspecting the alarm valves

However, inspecting all of these on your own can be a challenge. Therefore, building owners and managers need companies who can conduct these inspections for them.

So, how can you identify the best company? If you’re not sure, keep reading! We’ll give you tips for this selection in the guide below.

NFPA 25 Fire Code Compliance

The first thing to look for in an NFPA 25 inspection company is specialized training. Theoretically, a building super or firefighter could perform this inspection.

However, a fire sprinkler repair company has the specialized training to meet fire code compliance rules. So, they can ensure your system meets the most updated NFPA guidelines.

Likewise, they can also perform all the complex tests and procedures your building needs to remain compliant. When you look for companies, look for their certifications in this training.

Choose an NFPA 25 Company That Manages Projects Well

A quality inspection company manages its projects well and provides outstanding service to its clients.

When searching for a company, find one that keeps its appointments. Ideally, this company will utilize point software with interactive schedules. This way, both technicians and their headquarters can view the schedule.

Excellent Customer Service

When dealing with your fire sprinklers, you need a company with excellent customer service. This customer service starts with your first contact with this company.

So, pay close attention. Does the company pick up your call and promptly schedule an appointment? Do they quickly respond to your email?

Or, does the company place you on hold interminably? That moment of first contact often tells you everything you need to know about this company’s interactions with its customers.

The thoroughness of NFPA 25 Inspections

As we mentioned above, your NFPA 25 inspection involves more than your sprinkler systems. They also include alarm valves and pipe system gauges, among other things.

When searching for your company, make sure they tackle these other issues. The last thing you want is to discover your system still has deficiencies – even after an inspection is performed.

What’s Their Reputation Like?

Finally, investigate a company’s reputation. What do other building managers and owners say about their services?

There are several ways to find this out. You can ask around to see which company other buildings use for their inspections. You can also explore online reviews to see how people regard their experiences with this inspection team.

Consider Working With Allstate Fire Sprinklers

Following these tips can help you find the best NFPA 25 inspection team. So, use those tips to critique our performance!

We at Allstate Sprinkler take pride in our NFPA 25 expertise. We feel confident that we can keep your system compliant with the best standards.

So, if you don’t have an inspection company, don’t hesitate! Contact us today to request a quote.

Inspect, Test, and Repair Fire Sprinklers According to NFPA 25 Standards

 

About Allstate Sprinkler

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. was founded in 1972 by William and Gladys Goodrich who emigrated from Russia and Poland in search of a better life in America. William, ‘Bill’, learned and mastered the fire protection trade over 5 decades of tremendous learning and effort. Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is recognized as one of the most responsive, thorough, and reliable fire sprinkler contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. We are currently licensed and conduct business throughout the -5- boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Lower Hudson Valley, and Northern New Jersey. We have also successfully completed large construction projects in Baltimore, Maryland; Albany, New York, and Syracuse, New York.

In the United States, fire departments respond to a fire every 23 seconds. Regardless of response time, the risk of injury and property damage before the fire department arrives can be significant. Without an adequate fire prevention plan – this risk is even higher.

In this article, we discuss the importance of following applicable fire safety codes and how to develop proper fire safety protocols. Continue reading to improve fire safety in your office.

What Is a Fire Prevention Plan?

A fire prevention plan involves the development of fire safety protocols and procedures. These protocols help reduce the risk of fire and improve fire knowledge in the workplace.

A fire safety plan is more than having a fire extinguisher or fire alarms in your office building. While those items are important – you need to be better educated and prepared. A fire prevention plan is about preventing fires as well as understanding what to do if a true fire situation occurs.

Why You Need a Fire Prevention Plan

While it’s important for business owners and managers to understand the value of a fire prevention plan, it’s also important for your staff. Vesting your staff in fire safety is an effective way to ensure it’s practiced regularly.

A fire prevention plan can benefit your business in several ways such as improving employee safety, reducing risk, and following certain business requirements.

Reduce the Risk of Injury and Building Damage

One of the main motivators for creating an effective fire prevention plan is to reduce the risk of injury and property damage. While personal injuries and damages are traumatic, they also come with a significant financial impact on a business.

Follow Fire Safety Code

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) only requires businesses to have a fire prevention plan under certain circumstances, it’s recommended for all businesses.

Those required must have both written and oral prevention plans that are easily accessible to employees. Small businesses must at least offer an oral fire prevention plan to employees.

Avoid Panic

In the unlikely event of a workplace fire, fire safety protocols can help avoid panic. Instead of staff wasting time wondering what to do, they can calmly execute the necessary procedures to lower the risk of injury.

How to Create a Fire Prevention Plan

To create a fire prevention plan, you need to identify potential fire safety risks in the office space. This includes sources of heat, areas of clutter, and the absence of safety devices such as extinguishers and alarms.

You also need to schedule regular preventative maintenance. A professional should inspect your building for fire hazards and ensure your extinguishers aren’t expired. They should also ensure you have a functioning, tested and inspected fire sprinkler system.

Finally, you need to set aside time for staff training. The best fire safety protocols are ineffective if they aren’t executed properly. Make sure your entire staff is on board with the plan.

Develop Your Fire Prevention Plan

Use the above guide to develop your fire prevention plan and prepare your staff for the necessary fire safety protocols. Doing so will help you reduce the risk of injury and building damage, which can save your business emotionally and financially.

If you’re ready to get serious about your fire safety protocols, request a quote for service today.

 

Although a commercial fire sprinkler system is an effective method of putting out flames, it’s still important to understand how to prevent fires in the workplace in case an emergency does arise. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce fire hazards and make your business a safer environment in which to work.

Maintain Easy Access to Fire Equipment

Ensuring that all of your fire protection equipment is easily accessible and not blocked by furniture or other items is one of the most important steps in fire prevention. Be sure that everyone in the workplace knows the location of the fire extinguishers and how to properly use them. You should also keep fire sprinklers or alarms free of dust, debris or any other material that may hinder their functionality. Fire protection equipment is one of the most effective ways to save lives, so you want to ensure that everything is easily accessible.

Keep an Eye on Fire-Prone Areas

Every workplace has certain areas that are especially susceptible to fires. These can include:

  • Electrical storage rooms.
  • Rooms with electrical equipment, such as the kitchen.
  • Areas containing flammable or hazardous materials.

To reduce the chances of a fire in the office, be sure to unplug electrical equipment when not in use. You should also exercise caution around flammable materials by keeping them away from heat sources and storing them in a flammables cabinet.

Create a Designated Smoking Area

Smoking is a major fire hazard and one of the leading causes of workplace fires. Therefore, it’s important to create a designated smoking area for employees that’s a safe distance away from the building. You can also offer ashtrays for proper disposal of cigarettes, which can keep your business safe from fires caused by lit cigarettes.

Regularly Test Your Fire Safety Equipment

Unfortunately, there are thousands of fires that occur each year due to malfunctioning fire safety equipment. The good news is that you can easily prevent this by regularly testing your fire extinguisher and fire alarms. All commercial buildings in New York City are required to have fire equipment installed and regularly inspected to ensure optimal functioning. In addition, the FDNY is able to request proof of inspection at any time and can impose fines up to $1,000 for failing to comply.

At Allstate Sprinkler, our team of experienced inspectors can regularly inspect your fire extinguishers to ensure optimal functioning. We also keep your records up to date in the event of an FDNY review. Contact us today to request a free estimate.