Having a fire sprinkler system in your home or business is one of the best ways to protect your life and property from fire emergencies. When you choose the right sprinkler, and make sure it is properly installed and maintained, you can help to reduce the risk of death caused by fire by up to 80%. It is widely known that fire sprinklers perform exceptionally well. However, failing to ensure the system is properly maintained can result in failure that may cost you loss of life and property. Let’s look at some common myths about fire sprinkler systems that need to be debunked.
Anyone Can Offer Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance
While the level of maintenance required for a fire protection system will vary depending on the type and where it has been installed, generally all fire sprinkler systems need to be maintained and inspected regularly. Any maintenance or inspections must be performed by a trained and licensed expert. There are specialists in fire sprinkler systems to ensure they are in full working order.
Smoke Can Activate A Fire Sprinkler
Most people assume that the presence of smoke can activate fire sprinkler heads causing them to release water. This is never the case. Fire sprinkler systems are triggered by heat. The sprinkler has a trigger point at which the heads will be activated. In most cases, fire sprinkler heads are set to activate when the temperature reaches between 135 and 165 Degrees Fahrenheit.
All Sprinklers Activate During A Fire Emergency At The Same Time
Whenever there is a fire, only the sprinkler heads that are close to the source of the fire will be activated. This is designed to help reduce the losses caused by fire sprinklers when they release too much water in spaces that do not have any fire. In many cases, only one sprinkler head is able to contain the fire.
Fire Sprinklers Cause Extensive Water Damage
Fire sprinklers do not cause as much water damage compared to other forms of controlling fires such as using a fire hose. A sprinkler can release only 15 gallons of water per minute.
Smoke Detectors Are Better Than Fire Sprinklers
This is never true because they can both work together to prevent or control fires. The smoke detector works like a warning signal that helps the building occupants to know there is an approaching fire. However, this system doesn’t provide any method of extinguishing a growing fire. In fact, when a smoke detector is exposed to heat or a fire, it melts.
Fire Sprinklers Are Too Expensive
It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg in order to invest in a fire sprinkler system in your property. There are so many different types of sprinkler systems that are easy to install and very pocket friendly. Furthermore, the upfront cost of installing this system is much lower than the losses you would incur should you experience property damage after a fire. Installing a sprinkler system in your home or business ultimately boosts the value of the property.