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The Role of Sprinkler Heads in Commercial Buildings

The Role of Sprinkler Heads in Fire Protection Systems in Commercial Buildings

Sprinkler heads are a crucial component of a fire protection system as they allow for the suppression of any potential fire.


Fire sprinkler systems are a crucial part of fire suppression and fire safety. They allow for water or mist to be dispersed if a fire breaks out in a building. This is even more important in commercial buildings due to the number of people who occupy these buildings on a daily basis. In this article, we will cover the role and benefits of sprinkler heads in fire protection systems and how they impact commercial buildings.


Types of Sprinkler Heads


There are many different types of sprinkler heads that can be installed in a commercial building. Here is a list of the different types and their purposes:


  • Wet-Pipe Systems: Wet-pipe sprinkler head systems are the most common type 0of sprinkler head. They are the most efficient in most scenarios and always contain water for when they are alerted of a fire.


  • Dry-Pipe Systems: In contrast to wet-pipe systems, a dry-pipe system does not always contain water in the sprinkler head. They are filled with air or inert gas like nitrogen and the air pressure drops when a fire occurs, allowing water to come through the pipes. These are used in cold environments when the water in the sprinkler head could be prone to freezing.


  • Pre-Action Systems: This type of sprinkler head system uses a two-step process to activate. This could bring a disadvantage as it does not react quickly, however, it is beneficial in areas where false alarms may be raised.


It is important to have an adequate understanding of these different types of sprinkler head systems when it comes to learning about how sprinkler heads work and how they can be effective.


Fire Detection


One key benefit of sprinkler heads is the automatic detection of fires. As opposed to smoke detectors, sprinkler heads are alerted of a fire by recognising the rising heat within a building. Due to the fact that heat rises, the sprinkler heads installed on the ceiling will quickly become aware of a fire and be triggered to disperse water or mist. 


This fast detection is important to the safety of the building’s inhabitants and the infrastructure of the building. The lack of human intervention required means that the people inside the building can focus on getting to safety as quickly as possible. This is also beneficial to commercial buildings as they are not occupied as often as residential buildings so fires can be detected when there is nobody in the building.


Financial Benefits


Sprinkler heads are also a benefit to commercial buildings financially in the long run. They are cost-efficient, as they help prevent future repair costs on any fire damage that the building may suffer in the future. As an additional point, if a construction company were to install a mist sprinkler head system rather than a standard water system, they would also save more money on collateral water damage.


Another reason that sprinkler heads are financially beneficial is for insurance reasons. Buildings with sprinkler systems are likely to get a lower insurance premium due to their compliance with fire safety regulations as insurance companies are more certain that there will be no fire damage or risk.


Fire sprinkler heads are also incredibly reliable. Of course, you should still perform maintenance on your sprinkler heads for safety reasons, but the likelihood of having to replace them or install new ones is low. 




In conclusion, there are many ways that sprinkler heads benefit commercial buildings, including many factors not covered in this article. The main factors are their ability to detect fire through rising heat and the financial benefits that they provide. They are also very efficient and effective and help commercial buildings comply with fire safety codes.


Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
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15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
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22:17 08 Jul 19
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17:53 01 Jul 17
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09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
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