How soon should a building under construction put their sprinklers in service?

Blog Post created by afraser Employee on Oct 20, 2017


Society has had fires in buildings under construction since we first started building them. Buildings in the course of construction have many additional fire hazards not found in completed structures. Fire protection equipment to restrict the spread of fire and extinguish it promptly has not yet been installed. Fires are also often difficult to access by the fire department. Every opportunity exists for serious fire loss.


NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations is a unique standard in that it’s not a “brick and mortar” standard but a standard about the process of putting the “brick and mortar” in place.


Last week I covered this topic during my NFPA Live, an exclusive for NFPA Members. During the live event I got this follow-up question. I'm now sharing it with you. I hope you find some value in it. Also, check out our free bulletin on preventing construction site fires.


NFPA Live is an interactive video series in which members of NFPA staff address some of the most frequent topics they receive through the Member's Only Technical Question service. If you are currently an NFPA Member you can view the entire video by following this link. If you're not currently a member, join today!