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February 2014: Freeze-up Prevention for Fire Protection Equipment

Damage to fire protection equipment can occur during winter weather and in all regions. It happens in areas where freezing temperatures are common and in areas where temperatures are typically moderate with freezing temperatures not normally expected (i.e., southern U.S. states or Europe). In fact, areas where freezing temperatures are less common suffer inordinately frequent losses because facilities in these areas haven’t properly prepared for the harsh weather.

Preparing your facility and fire protection equipment for frigid temperatures can help prevent broken water piping, impaired sprinkler systems and sprinkler leakage.

The following is a list of precautions that should be taken to help protect fire protection equipment from freezing:

Before Cold Weather/Freezing Temperatures Arrive:

During Cold/Freezing Weather:

The above freeze-up precautions for fire protection equipment are in accordance with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.

See our November 1999: Preparing for Winter Weather article for more details and other suggested winter weather precautions.

If you would like further information regarding the winter weather precautions, please contact Risk Logic Inc.