Why Are Fire Sprinkler Systems Important?
While fire sprinkler systems are fairly popular and well-known, the majority of people, even business and building owners, are unaware of why they are so important for fire safety.
Understanding the significance of residential sprinkler systems will help you appreciate why they require regular maintenance and testing. It will also ensure that your sprinkler systems are set up, primed, and ready to use in the event of an emergency.
The most important reason for the installation of fire sprinklers: they have been proven to save lives. As a result of the fire sprinkler systems, there have been no multiple fire deaths where the building has fire suppression systems in place. Using this data, it has been concluded that there has been a decrease of 57% in the likelihood of death.
That is why fire sprinkler systems are ideal in situations where there are a vast amount of people, or even small groups of vulnerable people such as the disabled or the elderly. In high rise apartment buildings, where there are many flats on top of each other, having individual sprinkler heads can help suppress the flames before they spread up the building.
Sprinklers can be cost-effective solutions in many ways. For example, think about the amount of damage an un-suppressed fire can cause. You might want to play devil’s advocate and say that water damage from sprinklers is just as bad; yet, this is not true. Residential sprinkler systems emit a low amount of water and only the specific head closest to the flames will go off. This means you are saving on costs that would have had to spend on repairs or replacements.
Also, fire sprinkler systems can help lower overall insurance costs; protecting your assets in the event of a fire disaster. Claiming on these plans can be expensive in the long term, especially after you’ve made a claim. When sprinklers are installed in your home, your insurance premiums might be lowered by up to 15%. That has to be one of the advantages of putting fire sprinklers.
According to FM Global, installing fire sprinklers in buildings can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 98%. If more buildings use these technologies, the planet’s carbon footprint will be reduced overall, especially in bigger commercial buildings.
A misconception of fire sprinklers is that they waste water and can be set off easily. However, this is not true. The only element that can set off a sprinkler head is temperature, specifically over 56°C. When automatic fire sprinklers detect a high temperature, they will release a modest amount of water, about 15 gallons per minute. This is significantly less than if emergency services are summoned. This will save water and allow the fire engine to be dispatched to a different location.
RAD Fire Sprinklers
Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote and perform fire sprinkler installation in buildings across the UK. We understand the benefits, both general and sustainable; as fire sprinkler systems continue to prevent damage and save lives.
Our quick response fire sprinklers allow people to safely exit the building and reduce the amount of damage that could be caused, either by the spread of the fire or water damage caused by firefighters. Our team posts regular blogs to ensure our customers understand fire safety and the benefits of fire sprinkler systems. Click here for more.
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