Typically, fire sprinkler systems are mandated by the "local jurisdiction having authority" (the fire department). Since we comply with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Chapter 13 regarding the installation of these systems, the process generally starts with the fire department. Most fire departments comply with NFPA 13. NFPA writes the fire code for everything relating to the potential of fire, from electrical to fire sprinkler systems.
First, the local jurisdiction officially mandates the requirements. In most areas all fire sprinkler systems with more than 100 heads require monitoring by a local UL Central Station. All equipment and wire must be UL listed for its intended use.
Each system/design is unique. The costs are determined by the number of devices required by the number of rooms, exits, and square footage you have. Beware in King County alone, the permit costs equal 10 to 15 percent of the job and those direct costs are added in to your bid somewhere. Choose only a company with a track record in this field. Beware of the "exclusions" in the bids. Your fire sprinkler contractor should be able to engineer, design, submit and receive Fire Department approval, permit, supply and install the complete system in a turn-key fashion. This company shall supply UL central monitoring (if required) and on-going service and inspection commitment.
These inspections shall be done in accordance to NFPA standards at least annually. Be sure your bids meet the current code as stated by the local jurisdiction having authority. We have extensive experience in all areas of fire sprinkler installation, monitoring and service. Please call or E-mail us. To have a specialist contact you click here. Please leave your name and number if you'd like and we will contact you.
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