Fire Sprinklers 101: Everything You Need to Know

Fire sprinklers are created to put out fires quickly while minimising water damage. Any time a fire sprinkler system detects a temperature increase, water is released. In most cases, an automatic sprinkler system will be able to put out the fire before firefighters even arrive. The quick response of fire sprinklers gives occupants enough time to evacuate while minimising property damage. Additionally, they also reduce the amount of heat and smoke a fire causes.

 

How do they work?

 

A fire sprinkler system supplies water to all sprinkler heads through a system of pipes in your building. The best time to install these are typical during construction or when renovating so pipes can be hidden behind walls and ceilings.

 

Fire sprinklers have a constant supply of pressurised water which enables them to respond to fires quickly. Sprinkler heads are placed strategically along the piping to protect all the areas in your building. In the event of a fire, only the sprinkler heads closest to the flames will release water.

 

How Common Are Accidental Fire Sprinkler Activations?

 

Since fire sprinklers only go off when there’s an increase in air temperature (above 70 degrees Celcius), you don’t have to worry about accidental activation should an employee burn their lunch in the microwave. Only an emergency responder will be able to turn off the water once the mechanism in the sprinkler head is triggered.

 

There are various fire sprinkler heads available for different applications. Fire sprinkler systems are just part of a complete fire protection system and should be coupled with other solutions like aerosol fire suppression generators and rapid response fire suppression tools. A fire suppression company will be able to help you determine the right option for your building.

 

For more info on fire protection systems or if you require a customised solution for your business, get in touch with the team at FSD today!