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Do's & Don'ts of Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
Do's
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The following are several actions you should take to ensure your residential fire sprinkler system is working correctly:
  • Checking to see if the cover plates over the sprinkler heads are in place - These are decorative covers designed to conceal some styles of sprinkler heads.
  • Contacting a licensed fire sprinkler contractor prior to remodeling your home
  • Knowing the location of the shut-off valve - In most cases, the system shut-off valve will be the water meter that controls the domestic water.
  • Making certain the system valve is open at all times
  • Testing your system every six months - If your system is monitored by a fire service company, be sure to notify them before testing the system.

Don'ts
The following are actions that could impair your sprinkler system's ability to work correctly and should be avoided:
  • Damaging the sprinkler heads - Damaged sprinkler heads may not activate in the event of a fire.
  • Hanging objects from sprinkler heads (e.g. plants, decorations, clothes hangers)
  • Painting over the sprinkler heads or decorative cover plates - The added paint will absorb heat and can delay the operation of the sprinkler heads.
  • Removing sprinkler heads
  • Turning off or disconnecting the sprinkler system

Additional Information
You should contact the Fire Department when any activation occurs by dialing 9-1-1.

In the event of a fire, always remember to be calm and leave your house immediately. Go straight to a neighbor's house and dial 9-1-1.

For more information, please call our Fire Prevention Office at (909) 428-8890.


Fontana City Hall
8353 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335
Ph: (909) 350-7600
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