Residential sprinklers represent a different approach and technology. They add fire suppression to the early warning of smoke detectors. First, a heat sensitive element (called the fusible link) detects the heat from fires. Second, the sprinkler releases water on the fire, extinguishing the fires or confining the fire until the fire department arrives. It is the ability of sprinkler systems to control or extinguish fires in their early stages that makes them such a critical tool in fire protection strategy.
Each sprinkler head responds independently, so that when heat is detected and the sprinkler goes off, which is referred to as "activation", it puts water only on the affected area and not throughout the rest of the house or building. In roughly 90 percent of all documented sprinkler activations in residences, one sprinkler has been sufficient to control the fire.
THE SPRINKLER GO OFF BY ACCIDENT?
IF ONE SPRINKLER GOES OFF, DON'T THEY
ALL GO OFF?
AREN'T SPRINKLER SYSTEMS UGLY?
WHY DO I NEED SPRINKLERS IF I HAVE A
AREN'T SPRINKLER SYSTEMS EXPENSIVE?
DO SPRINKLERS CAUSE WATER DAMAGE?
Your sprinkler system will severely limit a fire's growth. Therefore, damage from home sprinkler system will be much less than the smoke and fire damage if the fire had gone on unabated or even the water damage caused by water from fire fighting hose lines. Quick response sprinklers release 13-24 gallons of water per minute compared to 125 gallons per minute released by a fire hose. An uncontrolled fire will cause significantly greater damage.
A single sprinkler over your stove could save your life if you forgot about that pan of bacon left on the stove cooking. If necessary, minor repairs can done afterwards, with very little disruption in your daily routine. This scenario would not be nearly the same if it were not for the sprinkler.
To discuss residential or business fire sprinkler systems, call (281) 855-1970, or you may contact us on-line.
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