Is testing a dry riser system important?
Fire safety systems including alarms, detectors and sprinklers that protect life need to be checked on a regular basis to make sure they are functioning correctly and safe to use. The exact same is true of a dry riser fire protection system.
After a few cases of dry riser system failure new legislation was first introduced in 2006 and then updated in January 2015 to make testing a dry riser compulsory every 12 months for all building with dry riser systems installed.
Dry riser systems are a building regulations requirement in occupied buildings over 18M tall but can also be found in car parks, multilevel basements or hospital corridors where the fire service access could be limited. A dry riser system is used by the fire services to distribute water to multiple levels of a building in the event of a fire.
To help maintain the dry risers systems legislation also states that as well as an annual dry riser test an inspection of a dry riser system should also be carried out every 6 month.
Dry riser maintenance services generally include;
- Comprehensive check of the general condition of dry riser system.
- FREE re-test if your dry riser system test fails.
- Full comprehensive pressurised operating test of the dry riser system.
- Checking of all nuts, end wheels and springs to confirm they are intact and operating properly.
- Checking all inlet and outlet washers and seals.
- Replacement of all missing caps and chains.
- Replacement of all straps and locks where applicable.
- Checking that the inlet and outlet cabinet doors and glass fronts are intact.
- Ensure correct signage is in place.
Over the past few years an increased number of thefts of dry riser inlets for scrap metal have been reported. As dry riser inlets are generally on public view it is recommended that they are housed in a locked cabinet or box.
The National Dry Riser Testing Company professional team of fire safety engineers have been trained to I.F.E.D.A. standards and carry out dry riser testing and maintenance work on dry riser systems on a regular basis. With years of fire testing completed we always have the necessary tools and experience to get the job done.
For more information contact the National Dry Riser Testing Company.