Sprinkler Line Cable Management
Compliant cable management in a facility's above ceiling space.
In 2016, CMS issued clarifying guidelines for sprinkler line systems and cable management around those systems within facilities of the healthcare industry based on NFPA code. Currently, the NFPA states, "sprinkler piping shall not be subjected to external loads by materials either resting on the pipe or hung from the pipe.” Incidental contact of cables on sprinkler piping is considered a deficiency by CMS and enforcement of these standards within the healthcare industry has become significant.

At first glance, cables resting on sprinkler piping may not seem like a serious issue, especially if they are thin, lightweight cables. However, sprinkler system supports are designed to support the weight of the system's pipes and the water that will flow through those pipes. When additional weight is added to these support structures it increases the sprinkler system's risk of failure during a fire-related emergency, which could be devastating for the facility and everyone inside.

Monitoring all cable installations and projects that include cable management within a facility is not an easy task for building maintenance leaders or facility directors. Partnering with an experienced specialty contractor like Barrier Compliance Services can ease this cumbersome task.

Common Sprinkler Line Cable Management Deficiencies

Non-compliant cable management in an above ceiling space
Non-compliant cable management
Non-compliant cable management in an above ceiling space
Non-compliant cable management
Non-compliant cable management in an above ceiling space
Non-compliant cable management
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