How Effective Are Fire Sprinkler Systems?

November 16, 2021

How Effective Are Fire Sprinkler Systems?

When it comes to fire safety, always call 911 to dispatch firefighters for any emergency. However, there are ways to mitigate the severity of any fire in a home or workplace. Automatic sprinkler systems are one great way to do so. But how effective are fire sprinkler systems? Very. Here are some reasons to install an automatic fire sprinkler system on your property.

They Protect Property

Many people believe that fire sprinkler systems cause more damage than they extinguish. However, that’s simply not true. Property damage from a fire sprinkler system is not nearly as severe as smoke or fire damage. In fact, to mitigate smoke and fire damage, fire sprinkler systems release eight to 24 gallons of water per minute in each room. Whereas a fire hose can release hundreds of gallons, this is typically meant for one source rather than multiple.

Individually Activated

Another common misconception is that if one fire sprinkler activates, they all activate. Again, this is false. Fire sprinklers typically operate individually, meaning if one goes off there isn’t a guarantee that they all will. Fire sprinklers activate once fire temperatures reach 155 degrees Fahrenheit. There doesn’t need to be six fire sprinklers activating at once to stop a fire. In fact, even just a couple are enough to mitigate a fire’s spread and extinguish it. Large corporations or industrial buildings may need more, but residential properties only need a few sprinklers throughout the house to reduce a fire’s spread.

They Save Lives

Another consideration regarding the effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems is that they save lives. Smoke detectors are not enough to protect property owners. Battery-operated smoke detectors are also prone to fail. There’s no guarantee of any protection with just a smoke detector, and once it activates, it may be too late. However, fire sprinkler systems ensure less property loss and reduce overall injury. When combined with smoke alarm systems, automatic sprinklers ensure little loss of life or property damage.

When it comes to fire sprinkler system installation in your home or business, there’s no better option than Harris Main and Water Sewers Contractors. Whether you’re conducting a property renovation or need to update your current fire sprinkler system, we can do it. We primarily service the NYC area, but our fire sprinkler installation staff is experienced to oversee the entirety of the project. Don’t wait until the last minute to do so. Call us and we’ll inspect the property and consult you regarding the next steps.

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