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The W-12 FDNY Certificate of Fitness has been replaced by an S-12 Certificate of Fitness.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:
- A Water Service bill
- Building Department records
- 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.
- 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.”
- Automatic fire sprinklers have been in use in the U.S. since 1874.
- 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.
- 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.
- The chances of a fire sprinkler accidentally going off are extremely remote.
- 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.