You’ve moved your business into a new building and you are reviewing your emergency management plan. Or you are going to build a structure for your business. Either way, fire protection will enter into the conversation.
One of the primary aspects in fire protection for all commercial enterprises is a sprinkler system.
So what do you need to know about sprinkler systems?
1. Your sprinkler system choice will depend on the kind of business that you have, so as to reduce the amount of property damage that may occur if the sprinkler system is activated. Restaurants, libraries, warehouses, etc. all have different requirements so that the interior contents are protected.
2. Your sprinkler system needs to be appropriate to the external weather conditions. If you live in the north, it would be advisable to have a sprinkler system that would not have the water freeze in the pipes during the winter.
3. More than likely, there are building codes and regulations for you to follow regarding your minimum sprinkler system requirements. They are also often recommended by insurance companies; and a mandatory part of safety equipment for buildings with a certain level of occupancy.
4. Sprinkler systems are generally activated by heat and/or smoke between 135° and 165° Fahrenheit (57° and 74° Celsius).
5. Modern sprinkler systems usually engage one sprinkler head at a time instead of all at once. This works to protect your property not only from fire but also water damage.
6. Sprinkler systems use six times less water than a fire hose.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, some of the deadliest fires and explosions (often caused by fires) have occurred in public or office facilities with a high number of casualties. Some of these could have been prevented with adequate sprinkler systems. From hotels to prisons, theaters to schools, ships to office buildings, sprinkler systems have become part of the fabric of building safety such that many organizations are recommending sprinkler systems to also become a requirement in residential construction.
Contact the experts at Pye Barker Fire and Safety to discuss your sprinkler system needs.