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How old is this sprinkler head?

How can you tell how old a sprinkler head is? This seems very simple but sometimes it is quite hard to find out. In this article, Johan Hoogeweg, Fire Safety Consultant, takes a closer look at how to determine the production year of a sprinkler head.

Johan Hoogeweg  |  EFSN Sprinkler Outlook |   May 2021

How old is this Sprinkler head? | DGMR

Functioning sprinkler

One of the most important parts of a sprinkler system is the sprinkler head itself. Without a properly functioning sprinkler head, the system will certainly not detect and control or extinguish a fire. All sprinkler standards include requirements and/or advice on how to carry out maintenance in order to keep the installation in a state where it will function when needed.

Adding a production date on the head is actually quite common since the first sprinkler heads appeared on the market. Adding a date is also mentioned as a requirement in modern product standards like FM class 20003, ‘the following shall be displayed on a non-operating part of the sprinkler: Year of manufacture…’

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