The Legal Requirement
The person responsible for a building or site is legally required to maintain all fire fighting equipment, including dry risers. The British Standard Code of Practice BS9990:2015 requires a full annual pressure test and six monthly visual check for dry risers for buildings above 18 metres and below 50 metres.
Where a building extends to more than 50 m above the rescue service vehicle access level, wet risers are necessary as the pumping pressure required to charge the riser is higher than can be provided by a fire service appliance, and to ensure an immediate supply of water is available at high level.
Clause 7 of the Code states that inlets, landing valves, drain valves and landing valve boxes should be inspected every 6 months and recommends that wet tests be carried out annually when the main can be checked for leaks.
BS9990:2015 also states that maintenance and repairs should be carried out by a competent person. With Morgan Fire Protection you can be confident that all work will be carried out in accordance with the Code of Practice. We are registered with BAFE, members of the British Fire Consortium and SAFEcontractor approved.
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