Avoid the Freeze: Winter Tips for Maintaining Your Fire Protection System

Winter is right around the corner and many factors indicate that it will be severe in terms of low temperatures and inclement weather. Now, before the temperature drops severely, is the time to invest in precautionary measures to ensure your system will operate effectively, regardless of the outside conditions.

Water-based fire protection systems can consist of both wet (water in the system at all times) and dry systems (compressed air in the system until activated). Each system requires additional care and attention during the winter to guard against freezing. The following winter maintenance tips* can help protect these systems:

Wet Systems

Dry Systems

Spending a few extra minutes each day maintaining your system can prevent costly damages from frozen pipes and the potential loss of fire protection when you may need it most.

Contact RCM&D Risk Consulting for assistance in developing a winter maintenance, testing and inspection program for fire protection systems in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

* Recommendations adapted from NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, available from the National Fire Protection Association.