Installing a fire sprinkler system protects buildings from extensive fire damage. If a fire breaks out in the building, the fire sprinkler system activates and contains the fire within the room. This fire protection system ensures the loss and damage from fire is around ten times less than buildings without a fire sprinkler system installed.
Fire sprinkler system can be installed in both commercial and residential buildings. Residential fire sprinkler system tend to consist of concealed or decorative sprinkler heads when aesthetics is an important factor.
The majority of fire related fatalities occur in dwelling fires therefore installation of domestic sprinklers are important to protect your family. Gas, smoke and toxic fumes can quickly take over the whole building if the fire spread throughout the building and is not contained quickly enough. Most domestic fires start off small but grow rapidly therefore a fire sprinkler system in the home can stop the fire in its tracks.
Smoke alarms detect smoke once the fire is fully under way which may be too late if the fire is not detected early enough for a safe escape route. Therefore a fire sprinkler system is designed to put out the fire before the fumes and smoke replaces the oxygen in the room. Smoke alarms are designed to alert the occupants of a fire within the building. If the fire is too fierce by the time of detection, the occupants may not have enough time to safely vacate the building.
In contrast, a fire sprinkler system puts out the fire at source and if successful, there is no need to vacate the building and wait for fire rescue services to put out the fire. Each sprinkler head also acts as a fire alarm alerting the occupants by sound, the same way as a smoke alarm would. The response time of a fire sprinkler system is immediate as opposed to many minutes that it would take the fire rescue services to arrive. By which time, the fire may have caused extensive damage to the home.