Standpipe Systems is an extension of the fire hydrant installed into the building with fire hose outlets ready to supply water. These fire hose stations are sometimes found in floors below ground such as basements or in parking garages but always rising vertically to supply upper floors.
The Fire Department has more regulations and oversight over the standpipe as it does for automatic fire sprinklers. The standpipe is a centerpiece of the fire protection systems and the main fire fighter supply pepe to control and fight fires.
When fire fighters enter a burning building they enter with confidence and expect the standpipe to be there for them in working condition. The fire fighters are carrying with them their won short hose which they expect to hook up to the standpipe.
On the outside of the building another team of fire fighters hook up the pump truck to your building fire department connection that feeds the standpipe and therefore the fire hoses.
Without the standpipe it would be impossible to carry a hose long enough to go from the street level all the way to the area where the fire is occurring and fire fighters could not enter the building to fight the fire and would only be limited to spraying water only from the outside of the building.
Every component of the standpipe system must undergo inspections or testing as per mandated protocol. Additionally, annually parts of the system must undergo maintenance and must be exercised, this is intended to keep components young and to enable the company doing the inspection, testing and maintenance to give the property owner reasonable assurance that the standpipe works as it was intended.
Your local city codes requires standpipes based on the building height or size of the floors. Stairways that have standpipes are called attack stairwell. In the event of a fire residents should be trained not to use the attack stairways or attack stairwell and instead use alternative stairway if available.
Accurate has an expert staff that can install, repair, inspect, test and maintain your standpipe system. Should you have additional questions regarding your standpipe system, call our office and our representatives will answer your questions.