Do's & Don'ts of Home Fire Sprinkler Systems

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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.

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.