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5-Year Inspections are Essential!

NFPA standards require comprehensive inspections of piping systems every five years. The 5-Year Obstruction Inspection is a thorough examination of internal valves and piping for various types of insidious, flow-limiting buildup. It can uncover hidden signs of such deterioration as Microbially Induced Corrosion (MIC), one of the inherent woes of metal sprinkler pipes which, if not caught early, can cause enough damage to ultimately require the replacement of the entire sprinkler piping system.  You don’t want or need that expense!  Constriction can also be caused by the introduction and accumulation of sediment during construction, or even from nearby municipal water system repairs. The internal inspection of valves includes removing the valve covers to inspect their internal elements – strainers, filters and restriction orifices – for visible evidence of blockage.

Although we hope you’ll never require it, you depend upon your fire sprinkler system to protect your property from the costly ravages of fire.  Don’t wait until you need it to perform to find out that it’s blocked!  Scheduling a 5-year Obstruction Inspection of your system, as required by NFPA-25 standards, is the best way to peace of mind. Protegis Fire & Safety can conduct a 5-year inspection to keep your facility in compliance with code, save you money in the long term by identifying early signs of blockage or corrosion, and assure you that your sprinklers will function when you most need them.  We can also offer you system flushes to help remove accumulated deposits found during these inspections to keep your facility in compliance with code, save you money in the long term by identifying early signs of blockage or corrosion, and assure you that your sprinklers will function when you most need them.  We can also offer you system flushes to help remove accumulated deposits found during these inspections.

Be Alerted – Fire Alarm Monitoring

WIRED (LANDLINE) REPORTING

The requirements for fire alarm signaling have been defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72) National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Up through the 2010 revision to NFPA 72, building owners were required to provide two analog phone lines, at least one dedicated, over which the fire alarm communicator (DACT, or “dialer”) reported to a monitoring center at least once every 24 hours. The intended purpose of having two phone lines was to provide redundancy in case of a line failure.  This required property owners to maintain two extra landlines, along with the associated monthly costs.

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WIRELESS (CELLULAR) REPORTING

“Old-fashioned” landlines are tested with Central Station once a day and a single line failure is reported immediately over the remaining one, but in the event of total communicator or phone service failure, notification by default can take nearly 24 hours. The 2013 revision of NFPA 72, allows “sole-path” cellular technology (one cellular line instead of two analog lines).  With the minimum 60-minute supervision, the cellular carrier knows within 1 hour of any communicator failure, and can report the condition to the monitoring center. With the OK of the local Authority Having Jurisdiction, an approved sole-path wireless communicator can set you free from those monthly landline charges and associated headaches!

Protegis Fire & Safety is one of the top life safety service providers, providing installation, maintenance, inspection and monitoring services (including wireless!) for sprinklers, fire alarms, extinguishers and more. We have the experience, workforce, and capability to perform fire alarm services on facilities of any size and type, for companies across the United States.

Fire Suppression Systems for Kitchens, Data Centers & more!

For facilities housing sensitive equipment, Data Centers, or commercial kitchens, all of which are at high risk for special types of fire hazards, Protegis Fire & Safety will install, service and inspect specialized fire suppression systems, including FM-200, other Special Hazards systems, and commercial Kitchen Hood Systems.

As a leader in technical proficiency and innovative approaches to fire suppression, Protegis’ engineers can design and install a system tailored to your facility’s specific requirements.  Protegis has kept sensitive facilities throughout the United States safe with a comprehensive range of fire protection systems:

FM-200

For data centers, government buildings, hospitals and other facilities that need to safeguard delicate electronic equipment especially susceptible to the inherent side-effects of traditional water-based fire sprinkler systems, FM-200 is a popular and effective solution.

Special Hazards

Healthcare Facilities, Data Centers, Museums and Archives are a few of the type of facilities commonly requiring one of various Special Hazards suppression systems to guard against fire damage to especially-sensitive or valuable assets.

Kitchen Hood Systems

The constant presence of open flames in proximity to combustible elements like animal fats and vegetable oils make commercial kitchens one of the most common environments where fire suppression is critical.

Protegis provides fire suppression installation, repair and inspection throughout the United States.

Monitoring Sprinkler Pressure Gauges

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The results obtained from sprinkler system testing are only as valid as the instruments used for measurement. Old, damaged, or faulty water or air pressure gauges are likely to produce inaccurate test results and result in an unreliable system that may fail when you most need it. Although fire protection companies can perform regular inspections and provide maintenance services, the property management team should be instructed in the periodic visual inspection of pressure gauges to ensure proper operation in the event of a fire activation. This important preventive maintenance check will allow your company to be proactive when a deficiency is found.  When inspecting your sprinkler pressure gauges, be sure to refer to previous inspection reports or inspection tags to verify the recorded pressure. This procedure should be scheduled daily, as well as after any power outage that affects your building.  System components from the point of connection, including control valves, backflow preventers, and pressure-reducing valves, should also be regularly inspected and tested for proper operation.

In the event that any sprinkler system gauges are found to be impaired, or if your gauges show evidence of a reduction in water supply pressure, local administrative procedures for notifying your fire sprinkler service provider should be followed immediately.

Whenever an impairment is found, you will want your fire protection service company to take the proper steps to resolve the issue in a timely manner. Should you have an emergency or need a repair to your system, you can trust Protegis Fire & Safety to be ready to meet your needs at any time, day or night.

Reduce fire damage and asset loss by 97%

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A single sprinkler controls a fire 90 percent of the time, saving a majority of a home or company’s possessions.1 Also, the average fire loss in a building with a sprinkler system is $2,166 as opposed to $45,019 without the protection.2

Sprinkler systems reduce fire damage by up to 97 percent.

When properly maintained and inspected, fire sprinkler systems are among the most essential investments you will make in ensuring the safety of your facility. Trusting that your systems will optimally perform in the event of an emergency depends upon finding a fire protection company upon which you can rely to professionally install, service and inspect your fire sprinkler systems. When you work with Protegis Fire & Safety, you get the full-scale capability of one of the most established and experienced fire protection companies in the United States.

Notes:
1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
2. Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition