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. …

New OSHA Rule on Reporting Requirements

Important OSHA News: New OSHA Rule on Reporting Requirements Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA will require that notification be provided to it in the following circumstances: • Notification must be provided to OSHA within eight (8) hours of any fatality which occurs within 30 days of the work-related incident • In-patient hospitalization of one or more workers requires notice to …

Obstruction Investigation

An Informal Interpretation by the AFSA: Obstruction Investigation  “Is an obstruction investigation required every 5 years or whenever one of the 14 conditions exist?” We have reviewed NFPA 25, 2011 edition as the applicable standard. Our informal interpretation is that an obstruction investigation is conducted when any of the 14 conditions in Section 14.3.1 exists. The internal pipe inspections and …

Inspection Forms and NFPA 13 Deficiencies

An Informal Interpretation by the AFSA: Inspection Forms and NFPA 13 Deficiencies: “We perform NFPA 25 inspections per the scope agreements with our clients. The reports are forwarded to the local jurisdiction for review. The jurisdiction has complained that the inspection forms are lacking information and details. We are being requested by a local jurisdiction to use different forms and …

Corrosion on Sprinkler Head

An Informal Interpretation from the American Fire Sprinkler Association:  “What is the definition of corrosion?  If a sprinkler head is chrome and has turned green but does not have any build up on the sprinkler head is this corrosion?  Does this sprinkler head have to be replaced?” We have reviewed NFPA 25, 2011 edition as the applicable standard.  Our informal …

Recalled Sprinklers

The Georgia State Fire Marshal’s interpretation regarding NFPA 25 Inspections and voluntarily recalled sprinklers is the recall is voluntary and not mandatory.  Identifying a voluntarily recalled sprinkler or withholding identifying a system as compliant solely because of the presence of voluntarily recalled sprinklers is not part of a NFPA 25 inspection.  The presence of voluntarily recalled sprinklers should not be …