For more than 100 years, sprinkler systems have sustained an enviable record of protecting property and life. It is unfortunate that after all those years, people still don’t have a full understanding of how these systems work and their effectiveness. In this post, we clarify the misconceptions to help you gain a better understanding of sprinkler systems. Here are some of the myths;
Every sprinkler head goes off when a fire occurs
Fact: Fire sprinkler systems are activated when the temperature exceeds 150 degrees. A single sprinkler head is used to control residential fires. To reduce the extent of damage, use at least two sprinkler heads in your home and at least six in your business premises.
Fire sprinklers cause more extensive water damage than fire damage
Fact: While fire sprinkler systems cause some water damage, it is less extensive compared to the damage caused by water from firefighting hose lines. It is also less extensive than the fire damage that would be caused by a fire allowed to spread.
Sprinkler systems aren’t effective for saving lives
Fact: If history is anything to go by, fire sprinkler systems do an incredible job of saving lives and property. In fact, a combination of automatic of early warning systems and automatic sprinkler systems helps reduce overall property damage, injuries, and loss of life by up to 50%.
Inspecting and testing sprinkler systems isn’t necessary
Fact: The only way to know if your fire sprinkler system is in compliance with NFPA is conducting regular inspections and testing. Ensure that your system is inspected once a year and dry tested quarterly by a professional.
Smoke detectors provide sufficient protection
Fact: Smoke detectors are designed to give an early warning sign, but they cannot do anything to slow down the spread of a fire. Also, they don’t always work because of dead batteries. This is why having a sprinkler system that prevents the fire from spreading and gives you enough time to get to safety is so important.
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