NFPA 25 Fire Sprinkler Inspections in Queens NY

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What is an NFPA 25 Fire Sprinkler Inspection?

New York City has adopted the National Fire Protection Association Standard # 25 as a matter of law effective January 1, 2012. New York City is one of the few large cities worldwide that had yet to adopt this standard and the FDNY and insurance company underwriters have now fully embraced this new standard and is positioned to aggressively assure compliance for all applicable facilities. The new law now makes every building owner legally responsible for ensuring that all NFPA 25 inspections, testing, and servicing intervals are performed by a licensed individual and that detailed records of same are maintained for a minimum of 3 years and are readily available for inspection by the New York City Fire Department at any given moment.

NFPA 25 has specific monthly, quarterly and annual inspection, testing, and servicing requirements. The reporting shall include information relative to the conditions of 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 appurtenances.

The W-12 FDNY Certificate of Fitness has been replaced by an S-12 Certificate of Fitness. Allstate Sprinkler’s inspection and service personnel have all been certified by the FDNY at such a level. We have also customized computer software to help assure that your facility is in compliance and that the inevitable fines and potential liability for not adhering to NFPA 25 can be avoided.

Five-Year Fire Sprinkler Test

How important is the five-year sprinkler systems test in Queens? Very! Please be advised that the Queens Fire Prevention Ordinance requires that fire sprinkler systems and combination fire sprinkler/standpipe systems have a functionality test performed on each Fire Department Connection (FDC) by a licensed contractor every five years. The Queens Fire Marshal’s Office has begun notifying building owners of this requirement.

A building owner can choose to have the functionality test done independently or, if you’re performing alteration work in Queens, the County will allow the five-year sprinkler test in Queens to take place at the same time as a final hydrostatic test. However, the functionality test must be registered and all associated fees must be paid at the same time.

Another important factor; the NFPA 25 sprinkler test in Queens is required whether or not the building owner has received a letter from the County. Please take note that each fire department connection (FDC) must be tested and paid for separately; however, buildings with multiple FDCs can list each FDC being tested on one application.

If you’re testing a system that is not recognized in the Fire Marshal’s Office database, the Fire Marshal’s Office will allow you to register the system, provided that the system was installed before 1984 with proof of the system can be provided with any of the following documentation:

  1. A Water Service bill
  2. Building Department records
  3. Insurance company proof

Once the five-year sprinkler test in Queens passes, a 5 (five) year sprinkler permit will be issued to the owner. Sure, a five-year sprinkler testing in Queens is primarily performed to comply with NFPA regulations, insurance requirements, and to keep you out of trouble with the fire department (ahem, violations). But it also lets you know if your system is working properly.

If you’re having trouble following all of this, just call Allstate Sprinklers at: 718-524-3174, we’ll walk you through the entire process!
The types of tests that can be performed depending on the type of system you have. Different tests are performed to check your system’s functionality, as well as all the specific components of your system.

For example:

  • 2” Main Drain Test
  • Water Flow Alarm Device Test
  • Fire Pump Test
  • Dry Pipe Valve Trip Test
  • Hydrostatic 5 Year Functionality Test

The main drain test is required by NFPA25 to be performed annually to ensure the proper water supply is available at the system riser, detect changes in the water supply that may affect the sprinkler system’s performance, and confirm the drain valves are operational.
The water flow test is required by NFPA25 to be performed quarterly to ensure water flow detecting devices are operational, alarms are operational, and a signal is sent to and received by the central station (if connected).

The fire pump flow test is required by NFPA25 to be performed annually and measures the performance of the fire pump’s flow and pressure. The test is conducted by flowing water through hose streams connected to the test header. The test results are compared to the factory specifications and the test results from previous years. If there is a significant reduction in the pump’s performance, further examination is needed to make the necessary repairs.

The best way to ensure you are ready for a five-year sprinkler test in Queens as well as all of the other Fire Department regulations is to contact a reputable fire safety company such as Allstate Sprinklers before you do anything else!

Please contact us immediately so that the appropriate paperwork and contracts can be established and the FDNY’s new requirements can be satisfied.

Five Facts About Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers protect lives and property. To ensure a proper design and effective operation, always work with a trained and competent fire sprinkler system installation contractor like Allstate Sprinklers. From time to time “do-it-yourself” articles or kits appear that encourage consumers to install their own automatic fire sprinkler systems. The American Fire Sprinkler Association “strongly discourages the installation of fire sprinkler systems by people who have not been trained in the proper installation of fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers should always be installed in accordance with standards of the National Fire Protection Association using approved and/or listed materials.”

  1. Automatic fire sprinklers have been in use in the U.S. since 1874.
  2. Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages – before they can cause severe injury to people and damage to property.
  3. When one fire sprinkler head goes off to fight a fire the entire sprinkler system does NOT activate. Sprinklers react to temperatures in individual rooms.
  4. The chances of a fire sprinkler accidentally going off are extremely remote.
  5. Installation of fire sprinklers can provide discounts on insurance premiums.

An efficient and effective fire sprinkler system uses as much as 90 percent less water than using fire hoses, too. Early intervention in a fire by an expertly installed fire sprinkler system also reduces the amount of damage, debris, and toxins produced in a fire by localizing the fire and its damage.

Fire sprinklers are “first responders” to a fire while it is still small, controlling the spread of deadly heat, flames, and toxic smoke – whether or not the occupants have been able to respond to the signaling smoke alarm. Fire sprinklers provide a life-saving cushion of time to escape a fire.

Allstate Sprinkler Corporation is the most reliable, responsive, and respected fire sprinkler contractor in Queens and throughout the New York City metropolitan area. Allstate Sprinklers is committed to assisting you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. Our services include:

  • complete design-build abilities for installation
  • alterations and repairs of 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 connections
  • emergency service and repairs
  • fire pump installations, testing and repairs
  • fire extinguisher sales and recharging; and all fire safety-related products and equipment.

If you need emergency assistance, Allstate Sprinkler Corp is a 24-hour emergency fire sprinkler contractor in New York City. Contact us today at 718-524-3174.

Queens

Facts About Queens

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Queens is located in Queens County, New York.

  • Population (approx.): 2,273,000
  • Geo coordinates: 40.7282 N, 73.7949 W
  • Postcodes: 11005, 11357, 11429

Things to Do and See In Queens

  • MoMA PS1 is a extension of Midtown’s Museum of Modern Art, and serves as a dance floor on summer weekends.
  • The #7 train or the East River ferry will take you to Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. You can seen the original 1936 neon Pepsi-Cola sign on the riverfront.
  • The Unisphere was built for the 1964 World’s Fair.
  • Louis Armstrong, the famous Jazz trumpeter called Corona, Queens home for many years. His home is a landmark and museum.

Transportation

Nearby Airports

  • LaGuardia Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport

Rail Stations Around Queens

  • Jamaica Station (AirTrain) which is on 93-43 Sutphin Boulevard.

Local Roads

  • Utopia Parkway is a major street that  connects Cross Island Parkway and Northern Boulevard in the north to Union Turnpike, Grand Central Parkway and Hillside.
  • Queens Boulevard
  • Kissena Boulevard
  • Main Street
  • Flushing Avenue
  • Jamaica Avenue
  • Grand Central Parkway

Nearby Suburbs

  • Fresh Meadows is to the north.
  • Hillside is 1 mile to the south.
  • Kew Gardens Hills is 1 mile to the west.
  • Briarwood is 1 mile to the south-west.
  • Hollis is 1 mile to the south-east.
  • Kew Gardens is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • Bellaire is 2 miles to the south-east.
  • Jamaica is 2 miles to the south.
  • Richmond Hill is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • Yonkers is 20 miles to the north-west.
  • The Bronx is 14 miles to the north-west .
  • Staten Island is 19 miles to the south-west.
  • Brooklyn is 8 miles to the west.
  • Manhattan is 13 miles to the north-west.

FNDY Stations

Fire Stations Serving Queens

If you happen to have a spot of trouble, for example if your fire sprinklers went off because of a fire in the basement, you’ll be getting a visit from the FDNY. There are several stations around Queens such as:

  • FDNY Engine 273/Ladder 129 which is on 40-18 Union Street, Flushing.
  • FDNY Engine 299/Ladder 152 which is on 61-20 Utopia Parkway, Fresh Meadows.
  • FDNY Engine 315 & Ladder 125 which is on 159-06 Union Turnpike, Jamaica.
  • FDNY EMS Station 50 which is on 159-10 Goethals Avenue, Jamaica.
  • FDNY Engine 298/Ladder 127/Battalion 50 which is on 153-11 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica.

Local Points of Interest and Schools

Stadiums Nearby

There are many stadiums from which to check out concerts and sporting events year-round. Here are just a few you may want to check out.

  • Carnesecca Arena (near Union Turnpike and 174th Street) is a 5,602-seat multi-purpose arena in the borough of Queens, built in 1961.
  • Belson Stadium (near Union Turnpike and 176th Street) is a soccer-specific stadium located along Utopia Parkway.
  • Jack Kaiser Stadium (near Utopia Parkway and 80th Drive) is a baseball stadium located on the campus St. John’s University near the neighborhood of Jamaica and Fresh Meadows.

Secondary Schools

With a strong education system to serve the youth of New York, there are many schools in and around Queens NY.

  • Forest Hills High School which is on 67-01 110th Street, New York.
  • Stuyvesant High School which is on 345 Chambers Street, New York.
  • John Bowne High School which is on 63-25 Main Street, Flushing.
  • Townsend Harris High School which is on 149-11 Melbourne Avenue.
  • Grover Cleveland High School which is on 2127 Himrod Street.
  • Pascack Valley High School which is on 200 Piermont Avenue.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Community High School (near Parsons Boulevard and 76th Avenue).

Parks

Parks are a great way to take the family out for some inexpensive fun.

  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
  • Kissena Park which is on Kissena Blvd and, Booth Memorial Avenue.
  • Cunningham Park which is on 196-10 Union Turnpike.
  • Kissena Corridor Park which is on 47-67 Colden Street.
  • Detective Keith L. Williams Park which is on Liberty Ave &, 173rd Street.
  • Pomonok Playground which is on Kissena Blvd. &, 65th Avenue.
  • Kissena Corridor Park which is on 189-05 Underhill Avenue.

Museums

With a plethora of museums a short drive from Queens, hours of fun is sure to be had for all the family.

  • Kupferberg Holocaust Center @ Queensborough Community College which is on 222-05 56th Avenue.
  • Queens Historical Society which is on 14335 37th Avenue.
  • King Manor Museum which is on 150-03 Jamaica Avenue.
  • Fred Trump Childhood Home which is on 175-24 Devonshire Road.
  • The Ramones Way which is on 67-1 110th Street.

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