The Critical Nature of Standpipes

While running an administration, busy office managers have to take into account the big picture, and small details. And when it comes to fire protection, prevention is the big picture. But what about the details of prevention? If you’re a manager, you may want to know about the parts that make up the whole system, including everything from the fire sprinklers themselves to standpipes to numerous other components.

Standpipes are a critical part of many buildings’ fire prevention capabilities. They allow water to be pumped throughout the building, perhaps most crucially, to those upper floors that firefighters would have to take precious time to get to. Beyond helping firefighters gain more time, standpipes may also help when it comes to complying with building codes. George Saadian, a man with over 29 years of experience in fire protection (including contributions and suggested alterations to the National Fire Protection Agency’s standards) and founder of the Fire Protection Group Inc., knows the importance of NFPA25 testing for an office building. It’s not just about satisfying codes and lowering monthly premiums however.

Fire sprinkler systems can also give firefighters more time to get to fires, before they can do significant property damage, or worse. A fire sprinkler system could be the difference between a fire getting out of control, or a fire that’s maintained, and knocked out early. Standpipes, which serve as a sort of water circulatory system for your building, are one of the best ways to aid a fire sprinkler system, and thusly an excellent way to help reduce the hazards of fires.