The importance of fire sprinkler maintenance

Sprinkler systems are designed to provide immediate fire defence to protect lives and minimise material losses. They can act as a firefighter before crews arrive. The importance of these systems cannot be underestimated and fire sprinkler maintenance acts as a crucial part of any fire prevention strategy.

By inspecting fire sprinkler systems regularly, malfunctioning parts can be identified and dealt with before a larger issue ensues. There are several reasons why a sprinkler may not be working as required and some common reasons include:

  • Leaks
  • Broken or blocked sprinkler heads
  • Low water pressure
  • Corrosion

Regular fire sprinkler maintenance will ensure that these problems are identified and fixed, providing a building and its inhabitants with the necessary level of safety. All maintenance work carried out should be in accordance with BSEN 12845.

These guidelines cover the extent of sprinkler protection, classification of occupancies and fire hazards. They include information about hydraulic design, water supply, pumps, spacing and location of sprinklers, pipe sizing and layout, valves, alarms and signage.

Facilities managers and owners of business premises have a duty of care to protect staff, as well as their properties. Inspecting fire sprinkler systems frequently will provide the peace of mind that they will work effectively when called upon in an emergency.

Making sure your fire sprinklers are maintained and working efficiently is important and Surefire’s skilled engineers will be able to examine your systems thoroughly and replace any faulty components.

If you have not had your fire sprinkler systems assessed lately and want to ensure your building is comprehensively protected against fire risks, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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