Preparing Your Business’s Fire Protection System for Winter

Posted on December 14th, 2018

Fall marks the season when businesses across the country begin to prepare their facilities for the cold winter weather. From roof repairs to heating system maintenance business owners who operate in areas that experience harsh winters know that it’s better to be safe than sorry. But even with all of the preparation, many business owners forget one of the most important things which is preventive maintenance for their fire protection systems.

As temperatures start to drop, fire sprinkler systems become more vulnerable to freezing pipes which will render them useless if a fire were to occur. Winterizing your fire protection system can not only saves lives in the event of an emergency but also save you from having to foot the bill for costly repairs due to bursting pipes and water damage. If you haven’t already had your fire sprinkler system inspected and tested this year there is still time left for you to have your system professionally maintenanced before winter arrives.

While there is no way to get around having your fire protection system professionally inspected, there are a few steps you can take to prevent yours from freezing this winter.

  • Seal any cracks or holes in walls and roof that can let in cold air
  • Keep the building entrance doors closed when not in use
  • Replace insulation in areas where it is too thin to defend against the cold
  • Periodically check the antifreeze levels in your system to ensure that they are not diluted (if applicable)
  • Routinely check the temperature of your system to ensure that it never falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit

What to Expect From a Professional System Inspection

Depending on which fire protection system your facility has, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has specific requirements for how often your system needs to be inspected. Some systems need to be inspected weekly while others are required to be inspected either monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually, or every five years. When you choose AMC Fire Protection for your facility’s inspection and preventive maintenance service you can expect the following:

  • Comprehensive inspection of your system’s:
    • Valves
    • Gauges
    • Fire department connections
    • Alarms
    • Pipes
    • Sprinkler heads
    • Fittings
    • Water supply
  • Testing of your systems antifreeze fluid (if applicable)
  • Identification and repair of any damaged or non-working parts

Contact AMC Fire Protection today by calling (856) 608-7878 or toll-free at 877-781-7878 to schedule preventive maintenance services for your facility’s fire protection system.