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How Sprinklers Work During a Fire

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Active fire sprinkler A fire sprinkler system can be one of the best tools for fire suppression in a commercial building

How Sprinklers Work During a Fire

A fire sprinkler system can stop a small fire from becoming a large fire, increasing fire safety and mitigating fire damage in your property. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about how sprinkler systems work. Understanding how your sprinkler system functions can help you implement your fire prevention and suppression plans.


Sprinkler Myths
When many people think of fire suppression systems, they are envisioning Hollywood movie scenarios where an errant cigarette or a prankster with a lighter can deluge an entire building in water by setting off the system. This has lead to several popular misconceptions:

  • Sprinkler systems are easily set off by accident.
  • A small amount of smoke can set off a sprinkler system.
  • A little smoke in one area of the building will set off all the sprinklers at once.


Sprinkler Facts
Fire sprinkler systems rarely activate by accident. However, you should have your system inspected regularly to prevent malfunctions. You don't have to worry about burnt popcorn in the breakroom setting off your sprinkler system. Smoke doesn't actually activate sprinklers at all. Instead, sprinklers are activated by the heat generated by a fire. Finally, you don't have to worry about a small fire in one part of the building leading to massive water damage from your entire sprinkler system deploying at once. Most sprinklers are individually activated. The fire suppression provided by the sprinklers can mitigate water damage by extinguishing small fires before they spread. This avoids the need for the fire department to use a large amount of water to put out the flames. However, if sprinklers do cause water damage to your property, a professional restoration service in Pine Island, FL, can help with fire sprinkler cleanup.
A fire sprinkler system can be one of the best tools for fire suppression in a commercial building. A properly implemented system can mitigate small fires, preventing extensive damage from fire, smoke, and water.

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