Ok this may not go far. What standard do we use for testing the fire extinguisher system over a commercial stove. In my case it is a Ansul system in a hospital kitchen.
New or existing???
How are you connected with this??
this is an existing system and I am in charge of making sure it gets done.
We use NFPA 17A. I work for a hospital, too, and we have not had any issues. So monthly owners inspection (we do this in-house), and semiannual testing & maintenance.
Thank you for this info. I will check out NFPA 17A.
I hope I can be a help to you some time.
Normally a third party does the inspections.
Fire extinguishing company, and twice a year.
Suggest highly if you are not trained, DO NOT TOUCH IT, or else you might get a surprise.
I agree with all you say.
I have a third party doing it.
I just want to make sure i am in full compliance.
You want to reference NFPA 17A and the manufacturer's requirements. But the basics is that a yearly test should be done where the fusible links are replaced. And the tank needs to be tested / replaced every few years.
Ask your local system dealer for a copy of the manufacrters current maintenance requirements. There are semi-annual requirements, annual requirements, and 12 year requirements. The servicing company should have the proper tools, a service/installation manual, parts and a service report. They should have certification showing training in the particular brand of fire suppression system. You may need to have someone who can put the Fire Alarm in the test mode and can reset the fire alarm when testing is done. At most of our suppression system accounts, we put the alarm in test. At hospitals, we have hospital staff take care of the fire alarm. If a third party monitoring agency is used, I have them send me a report on the signals received. Not all service agencies have the tools, manuals or training to perform all of the required tests.
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