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Successful fire suppression is dependent on extinguishing flames before, or immediately upon,
flaming combustion.  Otherwise, the resulting damage may be too severe to recover from. 
The Annex Group Inc (TAGI) provides essential fire suppression services to minimize fire risk and
its potential impact.  These services include inspection and maintenance of fire sprinklers and extinguishers.
Fire Sprinkler systems:  

Sprinkler systems are essentially a series of water pipes that are supplied by a reliable water supply.  The basic components of a sprinkler system are the sprinklers, system piping and a dependable water source.  Most systems also require an alarm, system control valves and means to test the equipment.  There are two basic types of sprinkler system; wet pipe and dry pipe.  


Wet pipe systems are the most common sprinkler system.  As the name implies a wet pipe system is one in which water is constantly maintained within the sprinkler piping.  When a sprinkler activates this water is immediately discharged onto the fire. 


Dry pipe sprinkler system is one in which pipes are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen, rather than water.  This air holds a remote valve, known as a dry pipe valve, in a closed position.  The dry pipe valve is located in a heated area and prevents water from entering the pipe until a fire causes one or more sprinklers to operate.  Once this happens, the air escapes and the dry pipe valve releases.  Water then enters the pipe, flowing through open sprinklers onto the fire.

 

   
Importance of Fire Sprinklers:  
•  Fire sprinkler systems have proven to be the most effective means for protecting life and property against fire.
•  State law prohibits the occupancy of any portion of a building until the required suppression system has been tested and approved.
•  In order to meet both federal certification requirements and state licensure requirements, automatic fire sprinkler systems are required to be installed in accordance with NFPA 13
•  Inspection must be conducted to ensure operational reliability (system will operate as intended when needed) and performance reliability (system performance in accordance with its design and purpose).
   
Services TAGI provides:  

Monthly Inspection:
Visually inspect control valves to ensure that they are:
 In the normal open position
Accessible
Properly sealed
Locked and/or supervised
Free from leaks, etc.


Quarterly Inspection:
Quarterly inspections are in addition to those required monthly and must be performed by trained licensed professionals.

Annual Inspection: In addition to the monthly and quarterly inspections and tests, NFPA 25 has very detailed and specific inspection, testing and maintenance services that need to be performed on an annual basis

   
Fire Extinguisher:  

Fire extinguishers are intended as a first line of defense to cope with fires of limited size.  Portable fire extinguishers apply an extinguishing agent that will either cool burning fuel, displace or remove oxygen, or stop the chemical reaction so a fire cannot continue to burn.  The letters ABC represent the type(s) of fire for which the extinguisher has been approved.

  • Class A Extinguishers are for ordinary combustion materials such as paper, wood, cardboard and most plastics
  • Class B Fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil
  • Class C fires involve electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets

Importance of fire extinguishers:
•  All portable fire extinguishers must be inspected on a monthly basis (NFPA10)
•  Portable fire extinguishers must be maintained by a licensed fire protection company on an annual basis.

    (NFPA10) TAGI provides service to ensure that your fire extinguishers are fully charged and labeled with
    the correct type of fire extinguisher; pins are intact; locator signs above the extinguishers are properly
    mounted; all teammates are knowledgeable of fire extinguisher usage and able to locate unit.