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An Introduction to Domestic and Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler System

When you mention the term “sprinkler system,” it is assumed that you are referring to the type of system installed in a building that houses a large department store, hardware store or luxury hotel.
This is a familiar situation, and we can expect to find such systems everywhere.
However, if you refer to a sprinkler system installed in the house, you will receive a different answer.
 

Domestic and residential sprinklers are highly valued by most fire and rescue services, and many of their websites contain a certain amount of useful information about such systems.
It may come as a surprise to discover that such systems in new residential housing are not required to be installed, not because of a change in building safety laws but because of the acceptance by local authorities that building inspections for such systems can compensate for deficiencies in general accepted minimum fire safety standards.
While it is reassuring that these systems are widely accepted, it is also true that most systems installed by developers are neither a requirement nor a lack of fire protection for the building in question, but a voluntary postponement due to public demand.

Misconceptions

One of the most common is that they are activated accidentally.
They are often associated with smoke alarm circuits that are activated for a minor reason. 

It is a misconception that when a sprinkler head is activated, everyone starts. The truth is that sprinkler heads are only activated when a heat sensitive element (i.e. The head is near the fire) is activated, and this will extinguish the fire. If there is no fire, the sprinkler head is only activated when excessive heat is detected, and the room never gets too hot to activate the sprinkler head. 

Sprinkler heads are drop devices that are covered with a slab of conspicuous down light. The pipes work together in a system that is hidden under the roof or in rooms with properties similar to central heating.

There is a fear that water will do more damage than the fire itself.
In fact, sprinkler heads for house fires are designed to extinguish early-stage fires with a minimum amount of water.
They behave differently from conventional sprinklers, which rely on a larger amount of water to achieve the same result.
The sprinkler head uses less water than firefighters and emergency services deliver in the event of a fire.

 

 

Sprinkler systems have proven to be an effective form of fire protection and, as history has often shown, much of the safety legislation has been opposed.
Sprinkler systems will in future be accepted at home, just as seat belts are now accepted on motor vehicles.
 

Yours in Fire Safety

Alex

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