We provide testing, certification and standards development for all types of valves used in fire suppression systems, including:
- Alarm valves used to summon the fire department
- Check valves used to prevent water from being pumped back into the water main
- Deluge valves used to discharge water to open sprinklers
Valves are subjected to performance tests such as leakage, hydrostatic pressure, friction loss, operation, cycling and the long-term effects of aging.
We test to UL Standards, and the requirements for the installation and use of these valves are included in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) installation standards for valves: NFPA 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 24. We are also authorized to certify valves to Canadian standards.
Wet and dry alarm valves compliant with European Norm (EN) 12259-2 and EN 12259-3, respectively, may use the CE Mark for the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which applies to European products incorporated into permanent structures.
As an industry leader in fire safety certification, we can help you reduce time to market by customizing our services to meet your needs. We have access to state-of-the-art testing facilities and a highly experienced technical team with extensive code knowledge. Combined, these capabilities have made the UL Mark one of the most recognized and respected symbols in fire safety around the world.
We’ve made it our business to test and certify fire-related products — that’s why we can offer so many advantages to manufacturers and users of fire suppression equipment. Our team of fire safety experts understands the industry inside and out, which is why we can customize testing solutions to meet almost any need. Plus, we can simplify the testing process by tapping into our worldwide database of resources. Not only can we perform operational tests at our state-of-the-art hydraulics laboratory in Northbrook, Illinois, we can also perform tests at third-party laboratories around the world — saving you time, travel costs and a lot of hassle.