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Multiple fire sprinkler line freezes and breaks due to extreme cold

Protect your building by following fire marshal’s recommendations
 
Multiple fire sprinkler line freezes and breaks throughout the City of Franklin yesterday and today – including one at Franklin Fire Station 6 at 1061 Cool Springs Blvd. – have left multifamily residences and businesses without fire protection, raising firefighting concerns.  
 
If this has happened at your business or residence, Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King wants to know about it.  “While we’ve been advised of several impairments, we are concerned there may be many more we are unaware of,” said King.  If your sprinkler system is turned off, he says you should notify the fire department immediately. 
 
“Our goal is to help restore fire sprinklers as soon as practical,” said King.  “It is critical that we be notified so that we can help keep residents safe.”  King said that when the fire department is aware of a sprinkler impairment they send additional resources in the event of a fire.  
 
He also offered these tips to help protect your building:
 
· If a sprinkler system is out of service, building management should implement a fire watch, consisting of workers assigned to look for signs of fire/smoke on each floor of the building. 
 
· Do not use torches or open flames to thaw pipes.
 
· Have the heat on in your sprinkler riser rooms.  The Fire Code requires a minimum of 40°F to be maintained.  Heat must also be provided to the external backflow enclosure.
 
· Have keys to the riser room and padlocks readily available. Keys should be secured by the fire department in the required Knox Key Box.
 
To contact the Franklin Fire Marshal’s office call 615-791-3270 or email fireprevention@franklintn.gov. 
 

Posted on: 1/7/2014

 
 

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