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|State Fire Marshal Reminds Building Owners of Cold Weather Alert for Sprinkler Systems|
Keep pipes warm to maintain sprinkler systems
NASHVILLE, TN – As the weather again rushes to or below zero, the State Fire Marshal wishes to remind building owners that it is important to take steps to prevent freeze-ups of water-based fire protection systems, such as automatic fire sprinkler systems.
The National Fire Protection Association’s standard for the installation of sprinkler systems requires that the owner of the property maintain at least a 40 degree temperature in ALL areas containing water-filled piping. To avoid any loss of function of fire suppression systems in your building, consider the following recommendations:
Freeze-ups are not failures of the fire sprinkler system. Water in sprinkler piping, like any piping that holds water, will freeze when subjected to colder temperatures. Sprinkler piping should be kept at temperatures above freezing to ensure that they continue to operate correctly and to avoid potentially tragic and costly consequences that can be avoided by taking these simple precautions.
For further information on keeping your sprinkler system winter-ready, contact your qualified fire sprinkler contractor, who provides routine inspection, testing, and maintenance on your system. Their contact information should be located near the main control valves of your system.
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