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01.08.10


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R. Bruce Agan
USAutomatic Sprinkler Corporation, a fire protection company
Telephone: 317.573.8160

USAutomatic Sprinkler Corporation Issues Fire Hydrant Freeze Warning!
(CARMEL, IN) - USAutomatic Sprinkler Corporation, a fire protection company specializing in complete Life Safety System Services issues an urgent warning to all private and municipal facilities maintenance and management personnel about life safety and property loss risk due to frozen fire hydrants. Frozen fire hydrants seriously impeded fire services from fighting several recent fires in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. National Fire Protection Association NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2002 Edition requires fire hydrants be inspected, tested and maintained annually.

NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2002 Edition
This code requires fire hydrants be inspected, tested and maintained annually. See page 25-18 Table 7.1 for general requirements. The following are excerpts from NFPA 25.

INSPECTION
Hydrants (dry barrel) - Annual inspection, and after each operation do Table 7.2.2.4 on page 25-19. Do the following 9 items: 1) check for accessibility. 2) check for water or ice in the barrel. 3) check for improper drainage from the barrel. 4) check for leaks in outlets or at top of hydrant. 5) check for cracks in hydrant barrel. 6) check for tightness of outlets. 7) check for worn nozzle threads. 8) check for worn hydrant operating nut. 9) check for availability of operating wrench. (not important - fire services trucks have them on board)

TESTING
Hydrants (dry barrel) - Annual testing, flow annually. 7.3.2 Hydrants. Hydrants shall be tested annually to ensure proper functioning. 7.3.2.1 Each hydrant shall be opened fully and waterflowed until all foreign material has cleared. 7.3.2.2 Flow shall be maintained for not less than 1 minute. 7.3.2.3 After operation, dry barrel and wall hydrants shall be observed for proper drainage from the barrel. 7.3.2.4 Full drainage shall take no longer than 60 minutes. 7.3.2.5 Where soil conditions or other factors are such that the hydrant barrel does not drain within 60 minutes, or where the groundwater level is above that of the hydrant drain, the hydrant drain shall be plugged and the water in the barrel shall be pumped out. 7.3.2.6 Dry barrel hydrants that are located in areas subject to freezing weather and that have plugged drains shall be identified clearly as needing pumping after operation. Bruce Agan comments: testing is sometimes time consuming if you are following the code. Inspectors will check a hydrant for positive draining by placing a hand over the open 2 1/2 inch outlet. If there is positive suction, water is draining through the weep hole. If the hydrant is draining, the inspector moves on to lubrication and leaves without verifying full drainage.

MAINTENANCE
Hydrant maintenance is performed annually. 7.4.3.1 Hydrants shall be lubricated annually to ensure that all stems, caps, plugs, and threads are in proper operating condition. 7.4.3.2 Hydrants shall be kept free of snow, ice, or other materials and protected against mechanical damage so that free access is ensured. CALL USAutomatic Sprinkler for all of your life safety, inspection, testing and maintenance needs.

About USAutomatic Sprinkler Corporation
Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm and Life Safety Services
Established in 1993, USAutomatic Sprinkler's team of Fire Protection Professionals can design, install, inspect and service all types of loss prevention technologies. These technologies include regular hazard and special hazard water based, chemical based and gaseous systems. USAutomatic Sprinkler's fire alarm division is Indiana's leading resource for Honeywell Analytics Gas Detection Systems and Gamewell-FCI Fire Alarm Systems as well as Mass Notification Systems. The monitoring division is an Authorized Criticom Monitoring Services (CMS) Dealer. CMS is a state of the art UL Listed and Factory Mutual Approved Central Station Monitoring Service.

Training and Education Services
USAutomatic Sprinkler offers a broad range of training, consulting and hazard analysis services. The company's FlashPoint Center has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1620 I Street, NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20006. The FlashPoint Center awards CEUs to participants who successfully complete program training modules. Its apprenticeship training program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The highly trained staff includes NICET III and NICET Senior Level IV Certified in Automatic Sprinkler, Special Hazards Suppressions Systems and Fire Alarm Systems Specialists. These specialists are supported by mid-west's only dedicated hands on, live event life safety training laboratory and classroom.

About IACET
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI / IACET 1-2007 Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide. For more information, please visit www.iacet.org or call 703-506-3275.

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