The Do's and Don'ts of Your Fire Sprinkler System
You should test your sprinkler system every month. If you system is being "monitored", then you should notify them before you test the system. The first step is to open the Inspectors test valve and listen for the alarm. The alarm should sound within 60 seconds. If the alarm does not sound, you should contact a qualified fire sprinkler contractor to inspect your system.
fire suppression system shut-off
You should also know the location of the shut off valve for your system. Ensure that all other occupants know the location also.
the spare head box
Know the location of your spare head box. The spare head box is required, and should contain a sprinkler head wrench and spare heads
Contact your local fire department whenever your system is activated. Even if it seems the fire is no longer active.
Things NOT to do with your fire sprinkler system
Never paint the sprinkler heads, or the sprinkler covers.
Do not paint, damage, hang objects from, obstruct, cover, or remove the sprinkler heads.
Do not disconnect or turn off your fire sprinkler system.
If you do have a fire in your home, do not attempt to extinguish it yourself. Be calm, and leave your home immediately. Go to a neighbors house and call the fire department from there.
residential fire sprinkler inspection
You should perform the recommended annual testing on your system. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, then you should consult with a fire sprinkler service company, or you can have it checked during with your annual home maintenance inspection by a certified home inspector knowledgeable about residential fire sprinkler systems.