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 a 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The W-12 FDNY Certificate of Fitness has been replaced by an S-12 Certificate of Fitness.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 in Westchester County have all been certified by the FDNY at such 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.
Please contact us immediately so that the appropriate paperwork and contracts can be established and the FDNY’s new requirements can be satisfied.
NFPA 25 Requirements
“1.1* Scope. This document establishes the minimum requirements for the periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems, including land-based and marine applications. 1.1.1 This standard does not address all of the inspection, testing, and maintenance of the electrical components of the automatic fire detection equipment for preaction and deluge systems that are addressed by NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code. The inspection, testing, and maintenance required by this standard and NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, shall be coordinated so that the system operates as intended. 1.1.2 The types of systems addressed by this standard include, but are not limited to, sprinkler, standpipe and hose, fixed water spray, and foam water. Included are the water supplies that are part of these systems, such as private fire service mains and appurtenances, fire pumps and water storage tanks, and valves that control system flow. The document also addresses impairment handling and reporting. This standard applies to fire protection systems that have been properly installed in accordance with generally accepted practices. Where a system has not been installed in accordance with generally accepted practices, the corrective action is beyond the scope of this standard. The corrective action to ensure that the system performs in a satisfactory manner shall be in accordance with the appropriate installation standard. 1.1.3 This standard shall not apply to sprinkler systems designed and installed in accordance with NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. A.1.1 Generally accepted NFPA installation practices for water-based fire protection systems relevant to this standard are found in the following: NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height. NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems. NFPA 15, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection. NFPA 16, Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems. NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection. NFPA 22, Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection. NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances. NFPA 750, Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems. For systems originally installed in accordance with one of these standards, the repair, replacement, alteration or extension of such systems should also be performed in accordance with that same standard. When original installations are based on other applicable codes or standards, repair, replacement, alteration, or extension practices should be conducted in accordance with those other applicable codes or standards.”