Fire Sprinkler Tagging Inspection Changes

The Florida Chapter of American Fire Sprinkler Association recently distributed the following changes for Fire Sprinkler Tagging Inspections.  Thank you to member, Nick Chaplin, for the alert.    

Inspector's Guide to Changes to 69A-46

The Rules of the Florida State Fire Marshal in Chapter 69A-46 were revised and became effective on 7/9/2016.   It is recommended that contractors educate their ITM customers with the new State Fire Marshal Rules along with the updated owner responsibilities.

NEW/EXPANDED DEFINITIONS: (69A-46.030)

  • There are now definitions for a Deficiency, Critical Deficiency, Noncritical Deficiency and Impairment.
  • NFPA 25 requires that sprinkler heads be tested at different intervals. Failure to have that testing performed according to the prescribed frequency constitutes a Critical Deficiency (RED TAG)
  • NFPA 25 also requires various testing to be done at 3 & 5 year intervals.Failure to perform 3 & 5 year testing requirements constitutes a Non-Critical Deficiency (YELLOW TAG)

NEW SPRINKLER SYSTEMS: (69A-46.040)

  • Newly installed Fire Protection Systems are NOT required to have an inspection tag affixed until the 1st inspection of that system is due and performed. (69A-46.040)

TAG RELATED CHANGES: (69A-46.041)

  • The rule now requires systems to be tagged with Green Compliance, Yellow Non Compliance (Non-Critical) or Red Non Compliance (Critical or Impairment) tags.
  • Tags are now only allowed to be affixed to the main water control valve of each system and not the riser, i.e., a multi floor building with individual floor control valves requires one tag on each control valve at each floor. The same building designed without floor control assemblies only requires a single tag to be affixed to the systems main control valve.
  • Each Sprinkler System, Standpipe System, Fire Hydrant, Fire Pump, Water Storage Tank and Water Mist system must be individually tagged.
  • With the exception of 3 & 5 year tags, all tags remain on the system for one year. Therefore, at any given time, there should be no more than four (4) tags affixed, ie, 2 quarterly, 1 semi-annually and 1 annual, per system.
  • Contractors are not required to re-inspect or re-tag a deficient system after repairs have been made. 
  • The rule now clarifies that a Green Compliance Tag cannot be affixed to systems with existing deficiencies or impairments from previous inspections.

NOTIFICATIONS
The Owner is required to notify tenants of Non Critical and Critical deficiencies within 30 days of receipt of the NFPA 25 Inspection Report.  Notification of Impairments is required within 72 hours of receiving the Inspection Report. 

  • Compliant Systems (GREEN TAG): The Inspecting Contractor must notify the Building Owner or Authorized Representative by copy of the NFPA Inspection Report within 30 days of the inspection.
  • Non-Critical Deficiencies (YELLOW TAG): The Inspecting Contractor must notify the Building Owner or Authorized Representative by copy of the NFPA Inspection Report within 30 days of the inspection.  If the Inspecting Contractor hasn’t been contracted to complete the repairs within 90 days of the inspection or notified that another licensed contractor performed the repairs, the Inspecting Contractor must notify the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
  • Critical Deficiencies (RED TAG): The Inspecting Contractor must notify the Building Owner or Authorized Representative within 24 hours of the inspection.If the Inspecting Contractor hasn’t been contracted to complete the repairs within 30 days of the inspection or notified that another licensed contractor performed the repairs, the Inspecting Contractor must notify the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
  • Impairment (RED TAG): The Inspecting Contractor must notify the Building Owner or Authorized Representative within 24 hours of the inspection and must notify the Authority Having Jurisdiction within 72 hours of the inspection if the repairs have not been completed.

RECORDS

  • Contractors are required to maintain all Inspection, Service and Maintenance records for ten (10) years.
  • Inspection reports provided to the AHJ shall be in a format mutually determined between the Contractor and the AHJ.  The AHJ cannot implement a 3rd party reporting format without mutual agreement with the Contractor.

  

Description

Tag

Owners notification to occupant

Contractor
notification to owner

Contractor notification to AHJ

Noncritical Deficiencies

Yellow

30 days

30 days

90 days

 

 

Critical Deficiencies

Red

30 days

24 hours

30 days

 

 

Impairments

Red

72 hours

24 hours

72 hours

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