One of the more common issues reported to our service technicians is "My fire panel trouble light is on and cannot be turned off." There's often a misunderstanding that a trouble light can be reset, like a fire alarm or other notification. This is not the case; trouble signals indicate that there is a larger issue somewhere in the system that must be resolved before the signal can be cleared.
The NFPA Conference and Exposition just wrapped up on June 25, 2015. The event was an exciting week full of great sessions and exciting new product displays. I wanted to take the time to summarize some of what I learned and observed while at the conference from an industry insider’s point of view.
Steel pipes corrode quickly in dry sprinkler systems. The concepts behind corrosion and MIC are explained in this blog:Understanding Corrosion and Microbiologically Induced Corrosion (MIC). Both wet and dry (pre-action) sprinkler systems have corrosion issues, but they are dramatically worse in dry systems.
If you think it might be handy to have a quick reference guide to the NFPA, Fire Protection Systems: Inspection, Test & Maintenance Manual, you are not alone. ORR Protection Systems has put together an easy to reference, quick guide to give a clear timeline (e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually) of requirements for functional testing and visual inspection.