What is a Fire & Life Safety Inspection and Preventative Maintenance Program?

August 11 2021

What is a Fire & Life Safety Inspection and Preventative Maintenance Program?

Building managers and business owners have a full-time job keeping their tenants, employees, and customers satisfied, delighted, and most importantly safe from fires. With building managers and business owners preoccupied with other business-critical priorities, how can they remain confident that their fire and life safety systems are functioning properly?

Since there is no Magic 8-ball to warn building owners of a faulty fire protection system, regular inspections and a comprehensive preventative maintenance (PM) program is the next best thing. A reliable and consistent inspection and preventative maintenance program takes the guesswork out of fire protection, ensuring regulatory compliance and sustained facility safety. 

Breaking Down Inspection and Preventative Maintenance Programs

A comprehensive inspection and preventative maintenance program designed and conducted by an experienced fire protection company proactively locates fire and life safety issues and repairs these failures prior to an emergency event, ensuring all systems are operating at peak performance.

While each inspection and preventative maintenance program is different to accommodate a business’s or building’s unique needs, here is a general overview of the process:

  1. A physical inspection is conducted on each fire protection system in the facility.
  2. A detailed report is written outlining system deficiencies and recommended actions to ensure functionality and compliance.
  3. Maintenance and repairs are conducted on any fire and life safety systems that are broken or show signs of corrosion.

In terms of our fire protection inspection process, we provide building managers and business owners simple and easy-to-read inspection reports generated by intelligent Inspect Point software. Fire protection reports come with built-in NFPA forms to ensure compliance with the latest NFPA inspection requirements. Our fire and life safety inspection reports are optimized for NFPA inspection requirements including but not limited to:

  • NFPA 10
  • NFPA 13
  • NFPA 20
  • NFPA 25
  • NFPA 72
  • NFPA 80

What Fire and Life Safety Systems Should a Comprehensive Inspection and Preventative Maintenance Program Service?

Building and business owners should choose a preventative maintenance program that services multiple fire protection systems. Companies can save valuable time and money by having their fire and life safety needs addressed during a single cost-efficient visit. This can be accomplished by looking for a comprehensive inspection and preventative maintenance program that services:

  • Anti-freeze system
  • Backflow devices
  • HVAC systems
  • Clean agent systems
  • Corrosion management systems
  • Deluge, dry pipe, pre-action, and wet systems
  • Emergency and exit lighting
  • Eyewash stations
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire hoses & PRV’s
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire pumps
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Commercial kitchen hood systems
  • Special hazards systems
  • Standpipe systems

Why Building and Business Owners Need a Preventative Maintenance Program in Place

Complete fire protection is the sum of multiple individual components, each one with varying failure rates. Each fire protection system will have different required frequencies of inspection and maintenance per NFPA standards. A customized inspection and preventative maintenance program designed by an experienced fire protection company takes into account NFPA, ICC, and local AHJ rules, regulations, and codes to ensure businesses maintain compliance, avoid unnecessary fines, and keep building occupants safe.

Other than ensuring regulatory compliance, here are the benefits of implementing an inspection and preventative maintenance program:

  • Receive insurance discounts
  • Reduce frequency and costs of services
  • Prolong the lifespan of fire and life safety systems
  • Recognize opportunities for updates and upgrades
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Protect Lives and Stay Compliant with a Comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Program for Your Facility

A comprehensive inspection and preventative maintenance program provides building managers and business owners the needed confidence that their fire protection systems can efficiently suppress fires if and when they occur.

Achieving complete and sustainable fire protection is no easy feat and shouldn’t be tackled alone. The easiest and safest way to stay compliant and ensure the functionality of your fire and life safety systems is to partner with a qualified fire protection company to implement a preemptive full-service inspection and preventative maintenance program tailored to meet the needs of your facility.

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