Laws & Legislation

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Inspections, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
Table 5.1 – Summary of Sprinkler System Inspection Testing and Maintenance
Item Activity Frequency Reference
Gauges (dry, preaction, and deluge systems Inspection Weekly/monthly, 5.2,4.3
Control valves Inspection Weekly/monthly Table 12.1.
Alarm devices Inspection Quarterly 5.2.6
Gauges (wet pipe systems) Inspection Monthly
Hydraulic nameplate Inspection Quarterly 5.2.7
Buildings Inspection Annually (prior to freezing weather) 5.2.5
Hanger/seismic bracing Inspection Annually 5.2.3
Pipe and fittings Inspection Annually 5.2.2
Sprinklers Inspection Annually 5.2.1
Spare sprinklers Inspection Annually
Fire department connections Inspection Quarterly Table 12.1
Valves (all types) Inspection Table 12.1
Alarm devices Test Quarterly/semiannually 5.3.3
Main drain Test Annually Table 12.1
Antifreeze solution Test Annually 5.3.4
Gauges Test 5 years 5.3.2
Sprinklers – extra-high temperature Test 5 years
Sprinklers – fast response Test At 20 years and every 10 years thereafter
Sprinklers Test At 50 years and every 10 years thereafter
Valves (all types) Maintenance Annually or as needed Table 12.1
Obstruction investigation Maintenance 5 years or as needed 10.2.1,10.2.2
Low point drains (dry pipe system) Maintenance Annually prior to freezing and as needed
Table 8.1 – Summary of Fire Pump Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
Item Activity Frequency Reference
Pump house, heating, ventilating louvers Inspection Weekly 8.2.2(1)
Fire pump system – pump operation Inspection Weekly 8.2.2(2)
No-flow condition Test Weekly 8.3.1
Flow condition Test Annually
Hydraulic Maintenance Annually 8.5
Mechanical transmission Maintenance Annually 8.5
Electrical system Maintenance Varies 8.5
Controller, various components Maintenance Varies 8.5
Motor Maintenance Annually 8.5
Diesel engine system, various components Maintenance Varies 8.5

State of Illinois

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(f) Inspections and testing of existing fire sprinkler systems and control equipment must be performed by a licensee or an individual employed or contracted by a licensee. Any individual who performs inspection and testing duties under this subsection (f) must possess proof of (i) certification by a nationally recognized certification organization at an appropriate level, such as NICET Level II in Inspection and Testing of Water Based Systems or the equivalent, by January 1, 2009 or (ii) satisfactory completion of a certified sprinkler fitter apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. State employees who perform inspections and testing on behalf of State institutions and who meet all other requirements of this subsection (f) need not be licensed under this Act or employed by a licensee under this Act in order to perform inspection and testing duties under this subsection (f). The requirements of this subsection (f) do not apply to individuals performing inspections or testing of fire sprinkler systems on behalf of a municipality, a county, a fire protection district, or the Office of the State Fire Marshal. This subsection (f) does not apply to cursory weekly and monthly inspections of gauges and control valves conducted in accordance with the standards of the National Fire Protection Association.

A copy of the inspection report for an inspection performed Pursuant to this subsection (f) must be forwarded by the entity performing the inspection to the local fire department or fire protection district in which the sprinkler system is located.

Backflow Devices

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA)

Each [Backflow] device shall be tested at least annually or more frequently if recommended by the manufacturer.  Records submitted to the community public water supply shall be available for inspection by Agency personnel in accordance with IL Rev. Stat. 1983, ch. 111 ½, par. 1004(e)