Do Fire Sprinklers React To Smoke?

It’s easy to take fire protection systems for granted since you don’t use them regularly. But these systems, while complex, are amazing technology that’s often misunderstood. And if you don’t understand the product, the likelihood of misusing it becomes bigger, and in this case, can be detrimental.


One of the most problematic misconceptions people have is that smoke triggers sprinkler systems. And we’re here to bust that myth.


Smoke Does Not Trigger Fire Sprinklers


The primary purpose of fire sprinklers is to protect your building and the people inside it from a fuel-burning fire. It’s not a system that offers early warning signs – that’s a smoke detector. Just like smoke detectors can’t extinguish a fire, or the source of the smoke, fire sprinklers can’t detect a fire through smoke.


So, If Smoke Doesn’t Set of Sprinklers, What Does?


In short, high temperatures. Being quite complex in nature, fire sprinklers are designed to be sensitive to heat. They are activated when temperatures increase significantly – between 68 to 73 degrees Celcius.


Since sprinkler heads are activated separately. One triggered sprinkler head won’t activate the entire building’s system since water damage can be just as harmful as fire damage. Only the necessary sprinkler(s)  close to the fire will be activated and more often than not, it’s all that’s needed to extinguish most fires successfully.


Are Your Fire Sprinklers in Working Condition?


As a property owner or manager, it’s vital to keep your fire detection and suppression system up to date and in working condition. Smoke detectors and fire sprinklers work hand in hand in offering maximum protection from fire damage.

Not sure if your fire protection system is working efficiently? Speak to the team at FSD today. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, our team can offer inspections, repairs, maintenance and installations of all components you need to keep your building and employees safer.


Contact FSD today for a free quote.