A Fire sprinkler system is an automatic system that not only indicates the incipient fire, but is an active fire protection means, it controls and in some instances extinguishes the fire in its early stages without the intervention of human factor, respectively it keeps fire under control until the fire brigade arrives. It consists of distribution piping system that is permanently attached to building structures, valve station and sprinkler heads that are firmly attached to the distribution pipes in the protected area. Pipeline network together with sprinkler heads are connected to a water source (Either municipal or Pumps and Tanks). In the case of fire, water flows out from the sprinkler heads and sprays the area where fire is present. Water controls/extinguishes the given area during fire, cools building structures and the surrounding area and at higher temperatures it evaporates quickly, displacing oxygen and thus creates an inert atmosphere, which prevents the access of oxidant, i.e. the atmospheric oxygen that is needed for combustion.
A sprinkler system should only be installed by professionally trained fire sprinkler contractor using approved equipment. If you do this, you will have the most effective fire control system in the world.
International research spanning nearly two decades clearly demonstrates that the chances of a sprinkler going off accidentally are extremely remote. Only a threatening fire can generate enough heat (and gases) to open a sprinkler.
No, they won't. These devices detect a fire - they do not put it out! You significantly increase your odds of escaping with your life with these devices. Sadly, it is estimated that fourteen per cent of smoke alarms fail to operate correctly in case of a fire. Studies now show that the property damage in sprinklered structures is approximately one tenth of that in non-sprinklered structures. Simply stated, you are likely to suffer ten times the property damage in a non sprinklered building.
It is a common misconception that fire sprinklers will cause more damage due to the water that comes out of the sprinkler heads once they are activated. While water is used to diffuse a fire, the main design of a fire sprinkler system is to use as little water as possible in as little of space as possible—controlling a fire in its early stages when less water is needed.
In assessing the damage after a fire sprinkler system successfully diffuses a fire, it is important to remember the damage that could have happened had the sprinklers not prevented the fire from growing and destroying your entire office space. A few damp carpet areas seem much preferable to expensive office equipment charred beyond repair. The damage will also be less severe than the damage caused by water from hoses used by fire-fighters to control large fires—the amount of water used then can be tens to hundreds of times more than that used by the fire sprinkler system. For over a century, automatic fire sprinkler systems have been saving lives and protecting property. Fire sprinklers are the most widely used fire protection system today—and many businesses throughout Southern Africa have already installed fire sprinkler systems to protect their employees, office space, and valuable company assets.
Is it recommended that your fire sprinkler system be tested by professional fire protection technicians at least four times per year. Since only the sprinkler heads are visible in most rooms, the only way to ensure that your fire sprinkler system is ready to quickly and effectively put out a fire emergency is through regular inspection. During a typical, quarterly fire sprinkler inspection, experienced and licensed fire protection experts will check that the entire system (including the meters, valves, sprinkler heads, pressure, and piping) is operating correctly and free of physical damage or obstructions.It is also important that any time there is a change to the building or office space’s environment, the fire sprinkler system is inspected again—this includes changes in occupancy, use, remodeling, water supply, and more. Passing and recording this inspection will ensure that despite any change, your company’s area still meets fire codes but also protected in the case of an actual fire emergency.
Yes. Fire sprinkler systems are a very effective form of fire protection and are actually the most widely used fire protection system today due to the benefits of minimized damage, saved lives, and customizable installation designs. The goal of a fire sprinkler system is to use the right amount of water (as little as possible) in the right location (at the fire emergency) at the right time (as fast as possible). Because of this, fires are usually diffused at the scene of the breakout, rather than growing throughout a building to a dangerous size. Usually, only one or two sprinkler heads are needed to handle a fire. Fire sprinkler systems are also very effective at saving lives, as the fire is usually put out before it has time to spread and cause severe injury or death.
Naturally the costs vary per installation. A good rule of thumb would be to estimate the same cost as fitting new carpets. You invest in attractive fittings and accessories for your building. A fire sprinkler is also an investment - in the safety of what you value most - your people, assets, property and business continuity.
As business owners, it’s important to protect all the essentials that keep your company afloat. A commercial fire sprinkler system is able to curb the flames that spark during a fire. When flames do not rise too high, there is less chance that the structure will be demolished as a result. Fire sprinkler systems use the most minimal amounts of water necessary to turn potentially deadly flames into smaller ones. Most fire sprinkler systems are designed to only release water from pipes when temperatures rise, such as in a fire situation. The water is then released in a designated area around the fire source. This contains the amount of water released from the system, getting the fire out quickly so you can get your company back up and running as soon as possible
You can also expect to get a discount on your insurance premium should you have an approved fire sprinkler system install in your building.
Based on NFPA guidelines, a business that has a fire sprinkler system installed increases the likelihood that injuries and loss of human life will be avoided. Commercial fire sprinkler systems are effective since they typically activate quickly. This allows them to easily and efficiently control the fire. The deadliest part of a fire are the toxic fumes that are produced. The smoke from a fire can quickly spread throughout a large business. Fire sprinkler systems have the ability to reduce how much smoke is produced from a fire. Uncontrollable fires can spread very rapidly. This accelerated speed of a fire is slowed down by the presence of a fire sprinkler system. Therefore, a properly maintained and installed fire sprinkler system can give people within your business the time necessary to get out in a safe manner.
One of the most vital forms of fire safety, sprinkler systems are crucial in protecting businesses from fire. It is highly encouraged to install fire sprinkler systems in your business for a variety of reasons.
This is one job best left to the professionals. A professional fire sprinkler contractor has the training, tools, and experience to properly install and service a fire sprinkler system. Whether you have a large storage warehouse or run a small business, you will want your fire sprinkler system set up by a contractor with prior work similar to your situation.
Our wish is that these questions and answers helped expand your knowledge of the fire sprinkler industry. When doubt arises, reach out to a professional in the field – they are here to help! The worldwide web can also be a great source of information. Keeping your family or business safe doesn’t have to impossible if you learn a thing or two about fire sprinkler systems. If you need to repair your fire sprinkler system, Cross Fire Management is here to help. We are a leading installer of fire sprinkler and certified to install fire sprinkler systems. Should you need fire suppression system installation, testing or service, we should be your first choice.
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