Automatic Sprinkler & Standpipe System Maintenance

Section 10.302 of the Minnesota Uniform Fire Code requires that all automatic sprinkler systems and standpipe systems be maintained in good operating condition.

Fire Department Connections

Fire department connections shall be unobstructed within a minimum 3 feet circumference.

Caps or plugs must be in place at all times. Upon inspection, if the caps or plugs are not in place and debris is found inside the fire department connection, the piping shall be required to be dismantled and cleaned.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Annual service and testing is required by an authorized service technician in accordance with nationally recognized standards.

A copy of all service and maintenance reports shall be kept on the premises for a minimum of five years for review by the Hopkins Fire Department.

  • Prior to any testing the Hopkins Fire Dispatcher shall be notified at 938-8885.
  • A monthly visual inspection of the sprinkler system should be performed to insure:
    • Control valves and water supply valves are sealed or locked open
    • Sprinkler heads have proper clearances - 18 inches below head minimum
    • Piping is free of any obvious physical damage

Standpipe Systems

A monthly visual inspection of the standpipe system should be performed to insure:

  • Water supply valves are sealed or locked open
  • Hose connection caps are in place on each floor
  • Piping is free of any obvious physical damage

Note: If any of these systems are taken out of service for more than eight hours the Hopkins Fire Department must be notified.