THE OMEGA SPRINKLER HEAD: PERFORMANCE TESTING IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

02/01/1998
THE OMEGA SPRINKLER HEAD: PERFORMANCE TESTING IN FAIRFAX COUNTYBY CARL A. MAURICEIn October 1996, Dave Thomas, P.E., the head of the Plans Review Section of the Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department`s Fire Prevention Division, noticed an article in a sprinkler trade journal indicating that Underwriter Laboratories Inc. (UL) was investigating reports that higher than expected water pressure had been required to operate some of Central Sprinkler Corporation`s Omega series of sprinklers. After initial investigations, it was discovered that the sprinklers had failed to operate at a fire in a Michigan hotel. Thomas believed that this was a potentially serious problem that warranted f...

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