Third Party Plan Review

A GFSA member has a concern that the SFM is down to two reviewers with 140 plus projects in backlog. GFSA President Patrick Cordi spoke to Jeffrey Mayer about this and asked about the possibility of third party review. He directed me to O.C.G.A 25.2.14, which lays out the rules to utilize third party reviews if the SFM (or any …

Inspections are to be 100%

Click Here to view or download December 2005 letter from the State Fire Marshal’s office.  The text in the third paragraph reads as follows: In order to comply with … State Regulations of the Fire Safety Commissioner and the codes and standards adopted, the entire system and its components described in Chapters 5 through 12 (of NFPA 25) are to …

Brass Extension Nipples

From NFSA TechNotes April 11, 2017 Is it permitted to use brass extension fittings as part of a drop to extend the sprinkler deflector below a lay in ceiling in accordance with NFPA 13-2010? Answer: While NFPA 13-2010 does not include specific criteria regarding the use of extension fittings, the answer is “yes, if the requirements of NFPA 13-2016 can …

Loss of Fluid in Glass Bulb Sprinklers

From NFSA TechNotes Issue # 369 March 15, 2017 What would cause the loss of fluid in glass bulb sprinklers? Answer: There can be several causes for the loss of fluid in a glass bulb such as damage during shipment, handling and installation in the field. From a manufacturing standpoint, UL adopted a revision into its sprinkler standards in 2003 …

Replacing Sprinklers After a Fire

From NFSA’s Tech Notes #367 February 14, 2017 Is there a standard for replacing sprinklers after a fire? How many sprinklers would have to be replaced beyond the limits of the fire area? Answer: NFPA 25 contains annex language addressing this situation. Annex section A.5.2 of the 2017 edition of NFPA 25 (similar language in earlier editions) reads as follows: …

National Ladder Safety Month – March 2017

Every step matters: From step stools to extension ladders, make sure you’re putting the right foot forward. Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Mark your calendar to join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in celebrating the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the …

OSHA Record-keeping Changes – Updated 4/22/17

REVISED – OSHA Website on 4/22/2017: Electronic Submission of Records: OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available.   https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ Every Construction Company with 20 or more employees is required to electronically submit their 2016 300A by July 1, 2017. What does the rule …

Senate Bill 305

Click here to view or download Senate Bill 305 As Passed A memo from the late David Hendrick: Georgia Senate Bill 305 regarding the safety and fire inspection process passed both the Senate and the House and was signed by Governor Deal. This legislation never received a negative vote throughout the committee process or through the votes before the full …

Vane type waterflow switches cycling on and off

From Mike Henke at Potter Electric Signal Click Here to Download Mike’s Letter Vane type waterflow switches should be tested using the inspectors test valve to indicate water flow equivalent to that of a single sprinkler. In some instances the waterflow switch will “cycle” on and off during this test. This is usually an indication of excessive air trapped in …

Color Loss in Glass Bulb Sprinklers

Cold environments can be challenging for any equipment and mechanical component. However, when there is concern about a sprinkler, life and property safety could be at risk. It has been noticed that glass bulb fire sprinklers could lose the color of the liquid inside the glass bulb when subjected to cold temperatures, such as those found in coolers and freezers. …