Fire Alarm & Fire Sprinkler Code Correction
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Commercial buildings—industrial occupancies in particular—face challenges when it comes to following fire alarm and sprinkler system codes. If you suspect your building may be out of compliance, or if you’ve received fines for violating the rules, now is the time to act.
Fire Pros offers alarm and sprinkler code corrections for our customers in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.
Give us a call at (800)968-2871 to request assistance with fire code compliance. We serve all of Michigan.
Why Does Fire Code Compliance Matter?
Maintaining code compliance is important to avoid fines and penalties for violations. Most importantly, it keeps your building as safe as possible to prevent fires and limit losses when fires occur. Making code corrections with help from an experienced fire protection company like Fire Pros can bring you back in compliance with the latest regulations.
Although the codes outlined in NFPA 101 are quite straightforward, several other standards may also apply to your business. Juggling the requirements from NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, NFPA 90A Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, and private authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) is what makes code compliance so tricky at times. In fact, inexperienced designers and installers can be caught off-guard.
Typical Fire Code Requirements
While some exceptions are in place for existing buildings, here are some typical fire codes that apply to most new commercial and industrial buildings:
- An automatic fire sprinkler system must be installed. Insurers and AHJs also usually mandate 24/7 remote monitoring with their own set of unique requirements.
- A fire alarm system must be installed with the ability to monitor the operational readiness of the fire sprinklers and sound the alert when a sprinkler head activates.
- Depending on the building’s hazard classification, the fire alarm may be required to have only a general evacuation alarm, or it may consist of an alarm sequence that sounds in a regularly attended location first so personnel can investigate before a building-wide alarm sounds.
- Building owners may install a voice evacuation system to better inform occupants about what has triggered the need to relocate to a safer area.
- At least one manual fire alarm box must be installed with the location dictated by the AHJ.
- A special hazard suppression system must be installed in occupancies that contain hazardous materials. The fire alarm system must also monitor these areas.
- Industrial buildings that must comply with NFPA 90A are required to install duct smoke detectors, which must also connect to the fire alarm system in accordance with NFPA 72.
Common Fire Code Violations
In addition to understanding some of the most common alarm and sprinkler codes you must follow, it’s also helpful to know what types of violations occur most frequently. Here are some mistakes that could get you in trouble:
- Obstructing hallways and exits
- Not having emergency lighting and illuminated exit signs
- Failing to fix damaged components promptly
- Skipping fire protection system inspections
- Not keeping proper records
Fire Code Corrections in MI & IN
For help getting your commercial or industrial building back on track, contact Fire Pros. We provide reliable fire code corrections in Michigan. With over 30 years of experience, we’re confident we can spot violations and offer cost-effective solutions to get you up-to-date with the latest requirements.
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