Risk Engineering Services: Fire Protection System Impairment
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In the event of any fire protection system malfunction – regardless of how small or short it may be – you need an impairment permit.
Systems include but are not limited to:
- sprinkler and water spray systems
- all fire system control valves
- fire hydrant or standpipe systems
- fire pumps
- fire hose systems
- fire service mains
- fire water storage tanks
- foam water systems
- wet chemical systems
- gas suppression systems
- fire alarms and detection systems
Why do you need an impairment permit?
A fire protection system is a critical component of protecting operations at your location. All of these systems help reduce the severity of a fire at your facility. A fire can cause significant damage to your building, production and ability to continue business operations. It is a risk to the business itself as well as to each and every employee at your company. A fire protection system can also be treated as a life-safety system, allowing for early notification, safe evacuation and possibly restricting fire growth.
Hence an isolation should be treated as seriously as an isolation to any life-safety or property protection system such as an electrical lock-out-tag-out or hot work policy.