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Keep an eye on fire sprinkler system caps
by Tribune Staff
May 04, 2011 | 1601 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Sparks Fire Department uses Knox Company brand caps for all fire department connections on sprinkler systems in the city. These caps are often the target of vandals, which can cause the system to fail in the event of a fire. The department asks residents to report any such vandalism by calling 353-2266.
Courtesy Photo The Sparks Fire Department uses Knox Company brand caps for all fire department connections on sprinkler systems in the city. These caps are often the target of vandals, which can cause the system to fail in the event of a fire. The department asks residents to report any such vandalism by calling 353-2266.
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SPARKS — Fire sprinkler systems and standpipes are important fire-protection features that are built into many buildings. In order for these systems to function as designed, the fire department must be able to pump water into the systems through what is called the fire department connection (FDC). Unfortunately, these FDCs often are the target of vandals who remove the protective caps. Once the caps are removed, the systems are often rendered useless because of debris shoved inside the FDC. This can cause a significant delay or possible inability to pump into a fire sprinkler system during a fire.

Section 912.3.1 of the International Fire Code authorizes fire departments to require locking caps on the FDCs. The Sparks Fire Department has chosen the Knox Company brand of locking FDC caps as the approved cap for installation in the city. All SFD apparatus carry the special wrench needed to remove the caps.

In Sparks, all locking caps are required to be installed on all new fire sprinkler systems and standpipes when the systems are installed and on existing systems when replacement caps are needed. These caps can be ordered online at www.knoxbox.com.

Report missing or vandalized FDC caps to the Sparks Fire Prevention Bureau at 353-2266.
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