Everyone knows that fire sprinkler systems can mean the difference between major property damage and contained property damage, but most people still have many different false notions about what fire sprinklers do and don’t do. Today we are breaking down some of the most common myths about fire sprinkler systems.
Myth #1: Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems is More Extensive Than Fire Damage.
This is a huge myth that many homeowners and business owners believe. Fires can be unbelievably devastating in their scope and how quickly they spread. Water damage from a fire sprinkler system is much less severe than damage from an untreated fire. Many times, the sprinkler system damage seems worse because the business owner never saw how bad things would’ve been if the fire took its own course. Sprinkler systems also use much less water than fire hoses—8-24 gallons per minute vs. 80-125 gallons per minute.
Myth #2: When a Fire Starts, Every Sprinkler Activates
This myth also causes people to have misconceptions about how much water damage will occur on their property in the event of a fire. Every sprinkler head in your property activates individually when it detects a fire temperature hotter than 155 degrees. Almost every residential fire could be contained with a single sprinkler head. 90% of all fires, commercial and residential, are controlled with fewer than 6 heads. It only takes one or two sprinklers to save a lot of lives and property.
Myth #3: You Only Need a Smoke Detector
While smoke detectors are important, they aren’t the only thing that matters when a fire breaks out. Smoke detectors provide early warning for human and animal occupants to get out of the building immediately and call the fire department. However, many times smoke detectors fail to activate because they haven’t been properly maintained. Even scarier, as the number of homes with smoke detectors in the country increased from 0-70%, the number of deaths from fire did not significantly budge.
Sprinkler Systems from Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.