In the event of a fire at your restaurant, rapid suppression action is absolutely vital. Fire suppression systems are automated units designed to deploy suppression chemicals or compounds when a fire is detected. While these systems can last for many years, occasional fire suppression testing by an experienced plumber is important. Take a look at a few things to know about having your fire suppression system tested by a plumbing professional.
Why is fire suppression system testing important?
Proper testing of fire suppression systems is essential to ensure that they are working properly and will be able to protect your restaurant building in the event of a fire. While these systems are designed to be highly functional for many years, small defects or issues due to contaminant exposure in the environment can influence functionality. Having the system checked periodically or as recommended by the manufacturer ensures your restaurant is as protected as possible if a fire ever occurs. Faulty suppression systems are common reasons for a restaurant fire to grow larger and cause more damage.
How is fire suppression system testing performed?
Fire suppression systems are tested in a variety of ways to ensure that they are working properly and will be able to protect your building or facility in the event of a fire. Each system can have its own design, functions and features, and components. Therefore, the precise process can vary depending on the unit your restaurant has in place. Some common methods of testing fire suppression systems include:
- Visual inspection - Involves examining the system for any obvious signs of damage or malfunction, such as leaks, loose connections, or missing components.
- Functional testing - Involves activating the system to ensure that it is working properly. This may involve using a simulated fire or other means to trigger the system.
- Performance testing- Involves measuring the system's performance under actual fire conditions. This may involve using a controlled fire to test the system's ability to extinguish the fire.
How often should a fire suppression system be tested?
The frequency of fire suppression system testing varies depending on the type of system and the specific requirements of the building or facility. Some systems may need to be tested annually, while others may only need to be tested every few years. It is important to consult with the system's manufacturer or a qualified fire protection professional to determine the specific testing requirements for your system.
Contact a service provider to learn more about fire suppression testing.