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Fire Sprinkler FAQs

By March 8, 2017Fire Safety News
Fire Sprinkler

A fire sprinkler is one of the most important fire protection Toronto systems you will have in your property. Making sure the sprinkler system is in full working order at all times is very critical. You need to have a basic understanding of what a sprinkler system does and how it works. We’ve put together some commonly asked questions below to give you a better understanding of how a fire sprinkler system can work for your building.

How Much Will You Spend On A Fire Sprinkler System?

Fire sprinkler systems vary in cost depending on the type you choose. Installing most brands cost between $1.00 and $2.00 per square foot. However, the price of retrofitting a fire sprinkler system in a building where it existed is usually higher. Expect to pay an average of $2.50 per square foot for this project. Other than considering the initial cost of installing a fire sprinkler system, look at the lifelong savings you are likely to make after this project. For instance, your insurance company may decide to lower premiums after you invest in a new fire sprinkler system.

How Does A Fire Sprinkler System Operate?

Fire sprinkler systems are designed with a small bulb which contains a colored liquid. The color of the liquid varies depending on the temperature that is required to activate the sprinkler. The bulb is what prevents water from coming out of the sprinkler when there’s no emergency. However, whenever there is a fire, heat causes the liquid inside the bulb to expand. As a result, the bulb bursts releasing water through the sprinkler heads.

Therefore, fire sprinkler systems are designed to be activated by heat. Whenever there is smoke or dust in the building, the fire sprinkler heads cannot release water. But keep in mind that the bulbs used to design these fire protection systems are very fragile. They could easily burst when tampered with and release water. For instance, if the sprinkler head is damaged accidentally by the repairman, you may notice a flow of water coming out until it’s fixed. Proper care will prevent accidents that may damage your property.

What Are The Main Benefits Of Having A Fire Sprinkler System?

A research done by the National Fire Protection Association showed that buildings with fire sprinkler systems were up to 60% less likely to experience property loss and fatalities as a result of fires compared to those without. Structures that had fire sprinkler systems installed experience less property damage during a fire hazard than those without.

What Can I Do To Maintain My Sprinkler System?

Fire sprinkler systems need to be in good shape in order to offer the best fire protection. Regular inspection will help to ensure any issues are fixed and often lower insurance premiums. Some simple steps you can take to maintain the system include: performing monthly testing, making sure the sprinkler system control valve remains open and avoid tampering with the sprinklers by painting or hanging objects on any part of the system.