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Are Your Fire Sprinklers Ready for a Fire?

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Are your fire sprinklers ready for a fire?

Are Your Fire Sprinklers Ready for a Fire?

Fire is one of the most dangerous and destructive forces of nature in Bokeelia, FL. Fortunately, there’s a very cost-effective trick to protect lives and property: a fire sprinkler system.
Just considering the United States, fire losses per year are staggering. One study from 2018 demonstrates the terrible costs:

  • Over 1 million fires requiring a fire department intervention
  • Over 3,600 deaths
  • Over 15,000 injuries
  • Over $25 billion in property losses

What Difference Does a Fire Sprinkler System Make?
A massive one! Nothing else you can do is more likely to save lives and prevent property damage in a commercial or shared residential building. A different study from 2018 showed that buildings with a working fire suppression system reduced their property loss from a fire by 92%.
How many lives do they save? The second study couldn’t find a single death from a fire in a building with working fire sprinklers for the year. In an apartment building, this moves a fire from a major tragedy to a simple insurance claim.

How Can I Be Sure My Fire Sprinklers Work?
Fire suppression systems require some maintenance, including an inspection and testing schedule. According to NFPA 25, these include the:

  • Weekly visual inspection
  • Monthly inspection and testing
  • Quarterly inspection and testing
  • Annual inspection and testing

Is Testing and Maintenance Expensive?
Not at all, compared to the ROI. Weekly inspections can usually be done by one of your employees. The others often require a licensed inspector, but the cost is minimal compared to the return.
You can help keep the system working by ensuring that each sprinkler head has at least 20 inches of clearance around it. The fire pump, riser, and fire department connections must be clear of obstructions as well.
Accidental activation of a sprinkler is exceedingly rare, although it can happen if it’s tampered with. If that occurs, shut off the water and call a certified fire sprinkler cleanup company. They’ll come out ASAP to remove the water and begin the restoration process. Water damage needs to be attacked quickly to avoid explosive mold growth.

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