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October 14, 1990|Jeanne Boyer

If you want a sprinkler system installed, experts advise getting a contractor with a "C16" license for installing fire sprinklers. They are listed in the phone book under fire sprinklers or fire protection.

You may want to call the Contractors' State License Board at (916) 366-5153 to verify licenses and whether contractors are in good standing. Or check with your local fire department for information and recommendations.

Some manufacturers offer do-it-yourself kits, although fire officials say it's a good idea to have an expert check the plans and installation, especially if you aren't familiar with plumbing techniques.

You should also ask your building department for local requirements. Fire departments will usually check systems to see if they are working properly. Systems are checked with a test valve so the sprinkler heads don't activate.

Sprinkler manufacturers include:

ASCOA Fire Systems

P.O. Box 418012

Cleveland, Ohio 44141-8012

(216) 526-9900

Central Sprinkler Corp.

451 N. Cannon Ave.

Lansdale, Pa. 19446

(215) 362-0700

Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp.

4077 Air Park Drive

Standish, Mich. 48658

(517) 846-4583

Grinnell Corp.

3 Tyco Park

Exeter, N.H. 03833

(603) 778-9200

Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co.

525 N. McQuesten Parkway

Mt. Vernon, N.Y. 10552

(914) 668-3470

Star Sprinkler Corp.

P.O. Box 511

Milwaukee, Wis. 53201

(414) 668-3470

Viking Corp.

210 N. Industrial Park Rd.

Hastings, Mich. 49058

(616) 945-9501

Companies listed are members of the National Sprinkler Assn. Inc., a trade group. The association also offers general information and refers consumers to member contractors in their area:

National Sprinkler Assn.

Robin Hill Corporate Park

Route 22

Patterson, N.Y. 12563

(914) 878-4200

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