A fire sprinkler system is one of the best fire protection systems you can install in your building. They are effective in containing the fire in over 95% of cases where the fire activates them. It’s little wonder that fire sprinkler systems have been in use as a fire control device for over a century. But how do you know which type is right for your business?
What people normal envision for a sprinkler setup is a system of sprinklers, water pipes, and alarms. Sprinkler systems have to be designed and installed to meet the specifications of your building. They will be set up based on the dimensions of your space, and how you will use it. There are many considerations that go into designing a sprinkler system, and once it is done, you should have it inspected to make sure there are no issues. Finally, remember to inspect and maintain the system over time so that all of the parts stay in working order. This includes making sure the lines are all connected and have sufficient pressure, the alarms work, and the sprinkler heads are clear.
In some situations, additional fire suppression in the form of special extinguishing systems is needed. This could include commercial cooking, any machines that handle flammable vapors or liquids, and even printing presses. If you have any special equipment or circumstances where your fire suppression needs might require more than water, a special extinguishing system is probably called for. These systems, like standard systems, require routine maintenance and testing to perform as needed in the event of a fire.
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Portable fire extinguishers definitely have their place in fire prevention plans. They are used for fighting small fires in contained situations. However, there are different portable fire extinguishers for different types of fires, and using the wrong one could potentially make the fire worse. They are marked A, B, C, D, and K to indicate what materials they are rated for. “A” is rated for standard combustibles, while “B” is rated for flammable liquids, and “D” is for combustible metals. If you are installing an extinguisher in your server room, get a “C” labeled one since the suppression material doesn’t conduct electricity (all of the rest of the suppression materials will), so it is safer for your electronics. If you are running a restaurant, you’d want a “K” fire extinguisher, as these are intended for fighting combustible cooking fires. Having a fire sprinkler system doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also have the appropriate portable extinguishers on hand. Like all other parts of your fire control system, your portable extinguishers should be maintained and inspected often.
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