Frequently Asked Questions about
Fire Sprinkler Systems
In the state of Georgia, it is required that you have your fire sprinkler system inspected once a year. Your insurance company may require an inspection frequency of semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.
What is the difference in the Green, Yellow, Red, and White tags left on my riser after an inspection?
After an inspection is complete, a tag is left to indicate the state of the fire sprinkler system.
Green means all is well. Yellow means you have one or more non-critical deficiencies. Red means you have a critical impairment. White tags are left only after a five-year internal inspection or backflow preventer testing.
If your facility has less than 300 fire sprinkler heads in service, no less than 6 spares shall be kept.
If your facility has 300-1000 fire sprinkler heads in service, no less than 12 spares shall be kept.
If your facility has over 1000 fire sprinkler heads in service, no less than 24 spares shall be kept.
The three times rule is in place to limit the impact an obstruction can have on a fire sprinkler head’s spray pattern and water distribution. It requires fire sprinkler heads be placed no closer than three times the width of an obstruction. For instance, if an obstruction comes down 1 foot from the ceiling, the fire sprinkler head should be placed 3 feet from the obstruction.
For more information regarding your fire sprinkler systems please contact a member of our inspection team.