The first freezing temperatures of winter are coming, with temperatures expected to drop below -20°C during the day and night. These temperatures represent risks of domestic water pipe breaks or fire protection. With the cold weather ahead, it is therefore important to remind our customers that it is essential to take the necessary precautions:
- Verify that a minimum temperature is available for dry sprinkler system risers. Insurers specify at least 4°C (40 °F) * ;
- Maintain a temperature of at least 21°C (70 °F) in the fire pump room* ;
- Provide thermometers in strategic locations to monitor room temperature and avoid freezing. Add supplemental heat, if necessary* ;
- If equipment is provided with heat tracing, make sure it is working properly;
- Ensure that doors and windows are properly shut* ;
- If you have a diesel-powered fire pump and/or emergency generator, make sure the fuel tanks are full, if not at least ¾ full ;
- For homes, if water lines have frozen in the past, run a fine stream of water. This will ensure water circulation and minimize the possibility of frozen pipes.
*For sites with constant presence, it is a good idea to do a daily (or more frequent) monitoring to confirm adequate room temperature.
The guidelines shared are not exhaustive, but remind us of the importance of taking extra precautions in icy weather. For more information, contact Gallagher GPL.