The Do’s and Don’ts of Domestic Fire Sprinkler Systems
When it comes to protecting your family from the devastating effects of fires, automatic fire sprinkler systems are the best, most effective choice. Domestic sprinklers not only activate when they detect heat from a fire, but they can also blend into your decor with their concealed sprinkler heads, making them a perfect choice for homes. However, there are instances where modern and traditional sprinkler systems would be hindered in properties, decreasing the level of fire safety in your property…
From effective water mist systems to “pop up” sprinklers, different systems suit different building regulations and designs. No matter what, sprinklers are the most effective form of fire protection, but only if they are maintained and operated correctly. Human error can sometimes cause fire sprinklers to not work to their full abilities, but there are steps you can take to ensure a fully operational sprinkler system…
Do: Arrange Annual Checks
The service and maintenance of all kinds of fire sprinklers is essential. According to BS EN 12845, sprinkler systems must be checked at least once a year by a third party. Systems cannot be inspected by the company that installed the sprinklers, the building’s occupier, or the service and maintenance provider. You should ensure that anyone who carries out the inspection of your fire suppression system is fully qualified and provides a full inspection. They should check the age, condition, water supply and that the sprinklers are connected to an alarm system.
Ensuring that your sprinklers are in full working order can lower the risk of fire and water damage to your property, saving lives in the process. To find out more about our various sprinklers, from residential and commercial sprinklers to water mist systems, please visit us here.
Do: Check the Water Supply
All sprinkler systems need a sufficient supply of water and appropriate water pressure in order to function properly. If this pressure drops below a certain point, the water won’t reach the sprinkler heads and water won’t be dispersed evenly. Try checking the gauges on a regular basis to make sure the water pressure is accurate. This can keep your fire sprinkler systems working optimally and saves your property from suffering from excessive fire damage.
Don’t: Hinder the Sprinkler Heads
In domestic and residential properties, in particular, it can be easy to block and hinder the concealed sprinkler heads. As they fit discreetly onto the ceiling, an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude can develop. You need to ensure that you don’t paint over your sprinkler heads, as this can affect their sensors as well as their ability to pop open at the signs of a fire. Whenever you make the choice to redecorate, keep all items, paint and wallpaper away from your sprinkler heads to keep them working as effectively as possible.
Any hindrance can affect the water flow and how quickly your sprinklers react to a fire. To find out more about concealed fire sprinkler systems, please read our previous article here.
Don’t: Shut Off Your Sprinkler System
It is of utmost importance that you keep your fire sprinklers turned on at all times. You never know when a fire may break out, and the consequences can be devastating. Sometimes, people tend to forget about checking their smoke alarms, and they could be living with a faulty appliance without even realising it. You should never take a chance with your fire sprinkler systems; they could mean the difference between life and death, and could end up being the most important contraption in your household.
Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we can design and install fire sprinkler systems for all kinds of properties and establishments, creating bespoke designs that suit your dimensions and water supply. To find out more, or to receive a quote, please give us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.