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Fire Sprinkler Systems

A fire sprinkler system is a simple, but very important, active component of a building’s fire protection system. They have a long, proven track record, but need to be regularly tested to be compliant. 

How often do fire sprinklers need to be tested?

As with all aspects of fire protection, regular testing is essential to ensure that everything works when it is needed most; when a fire occurs. British Standard BS9251:2014 (fire sprinklers) and BS8458:2015 (water mist) recommend that a competent person inspect sprinkler systems on a regular basis. Usually there should be no longer than 12 months between any two tests. 

In fact, according to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a responsible person (employer, landlord etc) could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment if they fail to ensure that all fire detection and suppression systems are working properly and maintained on a regular schedule. In addition, since 2015, Magistrates courts fees have been uncapped with offences committed after 12 March 2015, the maximum penalty in the Magistrates’ Court is now an unlimited fine.

What our engineer looks for 
  • The system should be inspected to ensure all components function as designed
  • The system should be checked for leaks.
  • The system should be checked to ensure that any modifications comply with BS 9251.
  • If any alterations have been made to the building fire compartmentation or changes in use/occupants an assessment need to be made to ensure the system category is still appropriate.
  • Sprinklers and cover plates need to be inspected to make sure they have not been damaged or tampered with.
  • Valves need to be tested to ensure free movement, and any locking mechanism re-instated.
  • The test valve needs to be operated to test flow rate and pressure using a special rig.
  • Alarms need to be tested.
  • Backflow prevention devices need to be tested against manufacturers guidelines.
  • Backflow prevention devices need to be tested against manufacturers guidelines.
  • Where trace heating is installed, its operation should be checked.

Once we've carried out our tests, you will either receive a certificate of servicing or should any tests fail,  a full service report with recommendations of required works.

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