Fire Suppression Inspection & Testing in Northern California
When a fire breaks out in your commercial facility, it is important to keep it contained to as small of an area as possible. Fire suppression systems are crucial to this endeavor, as they can automatically activate to extinguish the flames and prevent further spread.
Regular inspection and testing of fire suppression equipment are essential for the facility’s safety to maintain compliance with local fire codes.
When you need a qualified team for fire suppression inspection and testing in Northern California, choose the experts at Foothill Fire Protection. Safety is our top priority, and we will work hard to complete your project on time and on budget while meeting all your unique requirements.
Fire Suppression System Inspection vs. Testing
At Foothill Fire Protection, we provide fire suppression inspection and testing according to the requirements outlined in the NFPA 25 by the National Fire Protection Association:
- Fire suppression system inspections involve a visual inspection of fire suppression systems for corrosion, clogged nozzles, physical damage, and other problems, with different components receiving monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual inspections.
- Fire suppression system testing includes functional tests of major components to identify faulty parts, operational problems, and other malfunctions. Depending on the component, it will be tested monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually, or at recurring intervals of five years, 10 years, or more.
Types of Fire Suppression Systems
Fire sprinklers and other water-based systems can be great for basic fire protection. However, in areas with expensive test equipment, tools, or costly electronics like labs, offices, or server rooms, the water can do more harm than good, shorting out electronics and causing corrosion.
Water can make grease fires flare up in commercial kitchens, and in industrial facilities with expensive machinery, water can accelerate a fire. In these cases, a fire suppression system is the best way to safely fight a fire and prevent its spread.
At Foothill Fire Protection, we offer three types of clean agent fire protection systems:
Non-reactive gases like nitrogen, inergen, and aragonite can be used to displace the room’s air and reduce the amount of oxygen to the fire, effectively smothering it without damaging sensitive electronics.
Similar to inert gases, carbon dioxide starves the fire of oxygen, but its use is often limited to unoccupied spaces because it can make it harder for people to breathe.
Chemical clean agent systems use gas to absorb the heat of the fire, putting it out without leaving behind residues that could harm electronics or make the area difficult to clean.
The Fire Suppression Inspection & Testing Process
During an annual inspection, our team at Foothill Fire Protection will perform a full evaluation of your fire suppression system to ensure it is working, code-complaint, and ready for an emergency. The process will include tasks such as:
- Cleaning and testing smoke detectors and fire alarms
- Testing evacuation alerts
- Inspecting pipes and fittings
- Cleaning and checking nozzles for clogs
- Checking cylinder pressures and weights
- Verifying hydro test dates
- Testing pull stations
- Cutting a test link to ensure proper system activation
- Replacing fusible links and center link housings
- Verifying that gas and electric interlocks function properly
- And more
Our experts will take detailed notes and bring any malfunction or deficiencies to your attention so that the necessary repairs can be completed. We offer complete repair services, as well as 24-hour emergency services for all our fire suppression systems.
Why Choose Foothill Fire Protection?
Your business is a major investment. Give it the best protection possible by trusting Foothill Fire Protection for advanced fire suppression system installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair.
The safety and success of your business are our top priorities, and we strive to form long-lasting relationships with our clients based on honesty, integrity, and excellence. Count on our team for all your fire protection and life safety needs.
We have office locations in Rocklin, Chico, Concord, Redding, and Santa Rosa, so we’re ready to serve you!
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