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The Fire Protection Association is continuing to offer sprinkler inspection services during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety and welfare of our clients and staff is of paramount importance, so we are adhering to the latest government advice. Clients should not attend our lab or offices under any circumstances, but are able to contact the team during usual office hours on 01608 812 500 or by emailing Please continue to send us your enquiries as normal and we will be in touch.

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are known to be an extremely effective way of controlling the spread of fire, but like all systems they MUST be serviced and maintained.
Sprinkler systems are designed to suit a range of hazard classifications, so if alterations are made to the building layout, storage arrangements or processes for example, this could have a major impact on the current sprinkler system's performance. 
How often should sprinkler systems be inspected?

Due to the importance of service and maintenance, an annual service is a requirement, and has been documented in the BS EN 12845 where it states that:

"The sprinkler system should be periodically inspected at least once a year by a third party." 

Who is allowed to inspect them?

Additionally, the commentary and recommendations in the LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations 2015, TB203.2.4.1. states that inspections have to be undertaken by an independent third party.

Systems CANNOT be inspected by: 

the system's owner 

the building's occupier

the system's installer 

the service and maintenance provider 

insurance companies for their commercial and underwriting purposes

A comprehensive and truly independent inspection service

The Fire Protection Association prides itself on being an independent body within the fire protection market, and can offer inspection services in accordance with best practice guidelines.

The service benefits from:
  • Highly trained personnel with professional qualifications and years of experience

  • An extensive onsite review including:

    • A full system assessment 

    • An assessment of whether the system coverage is adequate

    • A visual inspection of the age and condition of the system

    • A review of hazards including inspection of processes and storage arrangements

    • The witnessing of water supply tests 

    • A check to see if the pump and tank systems operate as designed

    • A check to see if the system is linked to an alarm system that operates when a flow test is conducted

    • A check that the system valve sets are secured open and clearly labelled

    • A review of the current testing regime

    • A full report with any impact analysis and practical guidance if improvements are needed. 

  • Competitive prices - the FPA is a not for profit organisation, so sets its prices so that more companies can access its services.

  • Extra quality assurance - the inspection will be conducted in accordance with the Fire Protection Association's Quality Management System, which has a UKAS accredited certification from LRQA.

To find out more about how we can assist you, please call us on 01608 812 537 or complete the form below and a member of our team will get in contact with you.