Your commercial fire suppression system is critical for protecting your assets and employees. Have you ever wondered whether you should carry spare sprinkler heads? Surely you have spare office supplies if something is faulty or needs to be replaced. If you have a sprinkler system as part of your fire suppression system, the NFPA has guidelines you should follow for how many spare sprinkler heads you should carry.
Why Have Spares?
Just like in other areas, fire sprinkler technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the years. These systems have evolved to the point where they can be tailor-made and customized according to the unique needs of your business. As you upgrade your office sprinkler system over the years, you’ll notice that the sprinkler heads have changed too. Different designs, temperature ratings, threadings, and finishes have pervaded the market. With the thousands of different kinds of sprinkler heads out there, you’ll want to make sure that you have the exact head that goes with your existing sprinkler system. Just having the specifications won’t be enough – having the head on-hand is the safest course of action.
The NFPA’s Guidelines for Spare Sprinkler Heads
How many spare sprinkler heads do you need to carry? The number will depend on how many sprinkler heads your current fire suppression system uses. According to the NFPA, you should have at least 6 spare sprinkler heads if your building has 300 or less. For a building with 300 to 1000 sprinkler heads, carry a minimum of 12 spare sprinkler heads. Finally, if your sprinkler system has more than 1000 heads, you should keep 24 spare heads handy. The spare sprinkler heads should be kept in a location where the temperature does not surpass 100 degrees. By keeping spare sprinkler heads around, you can ensure that your assets and employees are protected at all times.
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