Fire Sprinklers for Schools in NYC

Fire suppression and life safety is of utmost importance throughout our educational facilities. All sprinklered schools are required be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance to the regimen set forth by standard NFPA #25.

What Schools Need Fire Protection?

Every school in NYC should be protected by a fire sprinkler system. This includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • High schools.
  • Elementary schools.
  • Colleges.
  • Charter schools.
  • Day care facilities.
  • Preschools.
  • Middle schools.

Fire Sprinkler System Installation

Schools do present some unique design challenges to a fire sprinkler system. Studies indicate that most fires in an educational building start in the kitchen or cafeteria, and approximately 57% begin at the cooking equipment.

In general, most schools are best protected with a cost-effective wet pipe system. This system maintains water pressure at all times at each sprinkler head and provides the fastest application of fire protection during a real fire event.

Each individual sprinkler head must be directly activated by a heat event in its immediate area before water is discharged.

However, kitchens present extra challenges. Water cannot fully suppress a grease fire and can actually spread the fire. Our design team and engineers would study your kitchen and any other areas that may require special firefighting chemicals, and will design these needs into your custom fire protection system. Our team uses proprietary CAD software to build each system according to the needs of your institution.

Fire Sprinkler System Inspection

Every school is required by law to have a licensed Master Fire Suppression Contractor perform regular inspections and testing of your fire sprinkler system. This includes the following:

  • Monthly inspection.
  • Quarterly inspection.
  • Annual visual inspections and testing.

Each inspection is more thorough as the year progresses. Monthly testing consists of a visual inspection of most of the systems’ components. The quarterly test and inspection involves the monthly visual inspections as well as inspecting the sprinkler riser’s hydraulic placard, if relevant, as well as ensuring there is adequate clearance at the main sprinkler components.

The annual test requires different regiments to be performed in the 1st year and then again in the 5th year. Every yearly inspection will include all of the monthly and quarterly visual inspections, as well as a complete flow test and full fire pump test. The 5-year inspection includes an internal assessment to assess the potential obstruction of water flow caused by foreign materials or the build-up of sediment.

A weekly inspection should also be performed by in-house personnel to perform a simplified, visual inspection to ensure nothing looks out of place or sprinkler heads are not obstructed by any stock or portable racking/ shelving etc.

Fire Sprinkler System FDNY Violations

The most frequent FDNY violation(s) that building owners/managers (including non-profits) receive is the failure to keep accurate inspection, testing and maintenance records. We maintain electronic copies of all the inspections and tests performed and have them available immediately upon demand.

Some other violations include:

  • Having items piled too close to sprinkler heads or in marked standoff zones.
  • Hanging items on the system.
  • Not having immediate access to spare parts.

If you’ve received a violation, we offer 24/7/365 emergency service available to immediately address and correct all issues. We can respond immediately to all five boroughs, with licensed crews ready for dispatch, in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx.

Fire Sprinkler System Repairs

As New York City’s premiere fire sprinkler contractor, we respond to emergency repairs 24/7/365 and are often called by owners who rely on other fire protection contractors that don’t respond quickly to a problem. We require all employees to complete a rigorous apprenticeship program and take great pride in our partnership of providing life safety services with small and large businesses.

Why Choose Allstate Sprinkler?

One of the main factors considered before engaging with a fire sprinkler company is the geographical areas they service. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is there a reputable, reliable, trustworthy and dedicated fire sprinkler contractor in NYC?” — the answer is YES! We’ve service schools, universities and countless educational-based facilities for decades and deliver expert service throughout the greater NYC area, including:

  • Brooklyn.
  • Queens.
  • Staten Island.
  • Manhattan.
  • The Bronx.

Our Bronx based business started as a small family-operated business almost 50 years ago. From our inception to our present day operation, we have completed over 5,000 installations (and counting) and we take great pride in our outstanding reputation with the FDNY and the DOB. We’re a proud recipient of The Bronx Business of the Year Award, along with the New York Construction Legacy Award.

How to Contact Us

If you’re ready to get started, then please fill out the form and let us know the type of building it is, the number of floors, the age and size of the building, and anything else you feel would be pertinent. We’re excited to help you take additional steps towards better protection.

As the owner/operator of an educational facility, you understand the need and of paramount importance for life-safety systems to be fully operable. Contact us today with the address of the building you own or manage, and any other pertinent information you have. We look forward to working with you and providing you with a free estimate.