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Sprinklers in Commercial Fires – Myths Versus Facts

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

Factory roof structure and automatic fire protection in building system. Fire sprinklers can cause tremendous water damage.

How a Sprinkler System Works?

A properly working sprinkler system can make the difference between full recovery from a fire in your place of business or irreversible damage and loss of property, not to mention the safety risks of commercial fires. You may be concerned about water damage or accidental activation of a fire sprinkler; however, there are many more risks to fire damage. Frequently, damage can be prevented or reduced by immediate fire suppression.

By understanding how a sprinkler system works during a fire, you will be able to face the problem with a plan of action. Following are some common myths with corrections to put you and your company in the know, so you can be prepared in the event of a fire in Valrico, FL.

1. Sprinklers activate when there is smoke. This is perhaps one of the most common myths about fire sprinklers. While smoke alarms are critical to have in working order to alert people in the building of a fire, the fire sprinkler itself works by sensing heat. In most types of sprinklers, activation occurs within a liquid-filled glass bulb that breaks with heat-activated expansion.

2. Fire sprinklers will cause tremendous water damage. Usually, only one or two sprinkler heads will respond to the heat in a confined fire, therefore eliminating widespread water damage. In adjacent rooms, the heat would need to reach the sprinkler head in order to trigger a pressure-activated release of water. If a fire department sprays water, the pressure from a hose is significantly greater, and they may need to spray over a larger area as the fire has had time to grow.

3. Fire sprinklers will go off accidentally. It is very uncommon for this to happen, even in wet pipe systems that are most prevalent in commercial buildings. In dry systems, there may need to be two triggers for the water to first enter the pipe, and then an additional trigger of heat to release the water from the sprinkler. A properly working fire sprinkler will ensure your business is protected from fire damage and minimize water damage. However, even with water damage, a reputable company can provide fire sprinkler cleanup.

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