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Frozen pipes cause headache for Rapid City restaurant manager

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Cold temperatures are causing problems at Rapid City's Famous Dave's.

Pipes in the sprinkler system froze overnight, causing them to burst.

Damage to the Rapid City restaurant was limited but it did require an extensive early morning cleanup.

Famous Dave's Manager Bruce Carr said this isn't the first time this winter or even this week frozen pipes have caused problems.

"It's happened three times this year. Once in November and twice this week, back-to-back. Inconvenient, because I've got to get up in the middle of the night and then come in to work later in the day," said Carr.

Since Jan. 1 the Rapid City Fire Department has responded to numerous frozen pipe incidents, 15 of which were sprinkler system pipes that froze due to cold weather exposure.

Here are some tips:

During periods of extreme cold regularly inspect your home or business automatic fire sprinkler system, ensuring designed features such as heat and insulation are maintained.

-          Ensure that insulation is in place to protect piping next to exterior walls, in attics, or any areas not directly heated by the main heating system.

-          Keep the building temperature a minimum of 45 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing.

-          Check heaters in foyers and entry vestibules to ensure they are set correctly and are operable. Use of these heaters is often part of the sprinkler system design.

  • There may also be heaters in fire pump and dry pipe rooms (not all systems use pumps or dry pipes).

-          Ensure heat is reaching the entire building. Open doors to closets, storerooms, and hallways where sprinklers and sprinkler pipes are present.

-          Keep doors shut as much as possible in areas such as loading docks and garages that are normally cold. Encourage the use of main doors where practical.

Most people do not realize that 8 out of 10 fire deaths occur in the home. People fail to realize how fast fire can spread. Fire can start as a tiny flame and, within 3 minutes, result in total devastation. Why do you need a home fire sprinkler? The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition answers this question. http://www.homefiresprinkler.org/index.php/home-sprinkler-systems-are-needed

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