The Importance of Fire Sprinklers
On average, it takes a local fire department 9-12 minutes after a fire has started to arrive on scene. That’s 9-12 minutes for flames and smoke to threaten lives and destroy property.
A fire sprinkler system consists of a number of sprinkler heads that will automatically discharge water at a certain temperature, spraying water directly on the fire. The system is carefully designed to activate early in the event of a real fire, engaging at temperatures of approximately 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
A sprinkler system is linked by a network of piping that draws water from sources within a complex, but each sprinkler head will activate individually, engaging only when the unit itself has reached the trigger temperature. In other words, each sprinkler reacts only to the fire conditions closest to it.
The potential water damage from a sprinkler system doesn’t even compare to the damage caused by a working fire – or even the large amounts of water discharged by firefighting hose lines. Quick-response sprinklers release about 8 to 24 gallons of water per minute, while a fire hose can discharge anywhere from 50 to 125 gallons of water per minute.
According to the American Fire Sprinkler Association, fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages, before they can cause severe injury to people and damage to property. Loss of property can be reduced by 85 percent with the installation of a fire sprinkler system.
With a properly installed, regularly tested, and routinely serviced fire protection sprinkler system, you can help keep yourself, your employees, and your business safe. The experienced fire protection technicians at Howe, Inc. have the expertise to design, install and maintain any new or retrofitted sprinkler system to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) standards. Our technicians can also check systems for corrosion, which can lead to water damage, plugging problems, and reduced sprinkler hydraulic performance.
The American Fire Sprinkler Association strongly discourages sprinkler installation by people who have not been trained in the proper installation methods for fire sprinklers. To ensure proper design and operation of a sprinkler system, call Howe, Inc. for 24/7 comprehensive service and inspections to keep your sprinkler system dependable.
Check out this video for a fiery demonstration of the benefits of a fire suppression system: