Why is regular inspection and testing of automatic sprinkler systems important?

March 9, 2022

by Nils Deacon, Manager, Inspections and Rating Services

NFPA 25 -The Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems provides thorough guidance to make sure that sprinkler systems operate effectively in the event of a fire. Regular maintenance, adequate water supply, and operational tamper and water flow alarms are critical elements. When sprinkler systems fail, it is usually because they have been turned off at the system control valve.

AHJs – Authorities Having Jurisdiction, including code enforcers, fire officials, and sometimes insurance inspection services – are guided by the Standard to ensure proper functioning of these complex systems.

Critical for insurance loss prevention, sprinkler systems can be evaluated and graded to allow the insurance company to be sure the system will properly protect the building they are covering.

DISCLAIMER: This information reflects the interpretation of MSO, Inc. with regard to NFPA Standards and Codes. It does not represent NFPA’s official position on the items discussed.

Sprinkler controls and fire pump