Construction Checklist


The following items address fire protection systems and associated items. This checklist is not intended to be all inclusive or occupancy specific. The items listed below are standard when applicable. The Waycross Fire Department will review plans on a case-by-case basis.

  • Combination standpipe/sprinkler systems shall not be permitted. When both systems are required they will be separate stand alone systems with separate fire department connections. (Authority Having Jurisdiction)
  • Signage is required at the fire department connection (FDC). The signs shall have the letters “FDC” in 6-inch red letters on a white background. Signs shall be permanently marked and shall be constructed of weather-resistant metal or rigid plastic material. (Authority Having Jurisdiction)
  • In addition, fire department connections shall have signage specifying “STANDPIPE” or “SPRINKLER”. Again, these signs must be weather-resistant metal or rigid plastic. The letters must be at least 2 inches in height. This can be integrated with the “FDC” sign but the letter heights for both still apply. (Authority Having Jurisdiction)
  • Fire department connections shall be located not more than 100 feet from the nearest hydrant connected to an approved water supply. (NFPA 14 6.4.5.4)
  • Fire department connections shall be located at the nearest point of fire department apparatus accessibility or at a location approved by the Fire Chief.(NFPA 24 5.9.5.1.)
  • Fire department connections shall be located and arranged so that hose lines can be attached to the inlets without interference (NFPA 24 5.9.5.2) from nearby objects, including buildings, fences, posts, landscaping, vehicles, or other fire department connections (NFPA 14 6.4.5.1.1)
  • Where a fire department connection only supplies a portion(s) of the building, a sign shall be attached to indicate the portion(s) of the building supplied (NFPA 24 5.9.5.5)
  • Fire department connections shall be visible and recognizable from the street or nearest point of fire department apparatus accessibility or on the street side of the buildings. (NFPA 14 6.4.5.1).
  • For the safety of fire personnel and efficiency of fire-ground operations, fire department connections shall be located away from the building at an approved location out of the buildings collapse zone. (Authority Having Jurisdiction).
  • If a fire department connection is placed in such a location that it blends in with the surroundings it is to be painted a contrasting color in order to stand out. (Authority Having Jurisdiction).
  • Fire department connections shall be equipped with listed plugs or caps that are secured and arranged for easy removal by fire departments (NFPA 24 5.9.1.4). The Waycross Fire Department requires the Caps/Covers on the fire department connections to be break away type. (Authority Having Jurisdiction).
  • No shutoff valve shall be permitted in the piping from the fire department connection piping to the point that the fire department connection piping connects to the system piping (NFPA 24 5.9.3.2).
  • Fire Hydrants shall be located not less than 40 feet from the building to be protected. (NFPA 24 7.2.3).
  • Fire hydrants shall not be subject to pressure supplied by way of a fire department connection. (Authority Having Jurisdiction).
  • Fire hydrants shall consist of (1) 4 ½” outlet and (2) 2 ½” outlets (Authority Having Jurisdiction).
  • A listed check valve shall be installed in each fire department connection and located as near as practicable to the point where it joins the system. (NFPA 14 6.4.2).
  • Where above-ground water-filled supply pipes, risers, system risers, or feed mains pass through open areas, cold room, passageways, or other areas exposed to temperatures below 40ᵒ F, the pipe shall be protected against freezing by insulating coverings, frostproof casings, listed heat tracing systems , or other reliable means capable of maintaining a minimum temperature between 40ᵒ F and 120ᵒ F (NFPA 13 8.16.4.1.3)
  • Where listed heat tracing systems are used, they shall be supervised (NFPA 13 8.16.4.1.4)
  • Where listed heat tracing is utilized for branch lines, it shall be specifically listed for use on branch lines (NFPA 13 8.16.4.1.5)
  • Insurance Services Office (ISO) requirements: Backflow preventers that are not located in an underground pit require either of the following to be protected from freezing when situated north of the 30ᵒ isothermic freeze line.
    • A small insulated house (a/k/a hot box) around the backflow device with thermostatically controlled hard wired heat to keep the exposed piping at 40 degrees or higher.
    • Insulation with heat tracing is acceptable if the following documentation is provided:
      • Heat tracing must be listed (UL or FM) for fire service (for outside use) to keep the exposed piping at 40 degrees or higher
      • The heat tracing must be supervised by a listed device in accordance with NFPA 70 (NEC)
      • Power to the device must be liable and hard wired.
  • The installing contractor shall identify a hydraulically designed sprinkler system with a permanently marked weatherproof metal or rigid plastic sign secured with corrosion-resistant wire, chain, or other approved means. Such signs shall be placed at the alarm valve, dry pipe valve, pre-action valve, or deluge valve supplying the corresponding hydraulically designed area (NFPA 13 25.5.1) (ISO requirement)