Do I need special sprinklers that will not be set off by a heater in proximity?

Do I need special sprinklers that will not be set off by a heater in proximity?

Do I need special sprinklers that will not be set off by a heater in proximity?One of the most common fears about fire sprinklers is this nightmarish fantasy of them accidentally going off when they’re not needed, resulting in a dizzy tsunami.

It’s time to put an end to this concern.  Fire sprinklers are here to help you, not drown you in problems.

HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

Ever wonder why fire sprinklers don’t go off on hot summer days?  You would think if these little devices were that bad we would be wasting water like nobody’s business ever summer.  But that’s not the case.

Fire sprinklers are a pretty clever invention that only turns on when they reach a certain degree of heat.  And this level isn’t one that can be reached by hot days.

ARE ALL FIRE SPINKLERS MADE THE SAME?

No.

Sprinklers placed near boilers or air supplies have a higher temperature rating than typical sprinklers. This will keep the sprinkler from being accidentally set off by a blast of heat from a heater duct or a boiler room. Whereas regular sprinklers set off at a temperature between 135 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit.

DOES THIS MEAN I NEED SPECIAL FIRE SPRINKLERS FOR EVERY ROOM?

The short answer is yes.

Obviously, if you’re building has a boiler room, kitchen, playroom, office, etc buying the same everyday fire sprinkler would be a waste of money.  We know this looking at the information above.  Sprinklers need different settings per location.

But this doesn’t mean you need to spend a pretty penny to make your home or office fireproof.  When you’re ready to buy a fire sprinkler system odds are you won’t be the one installing it.  It’s common practice to have the company install these systems.

With this in mind, fire sprinkler installation companies often offer inspections before buying anything.  These inspections can really ground you on what you should and shouldn’t buy.

 

 

 

June 24, 2014 / Aura Fire Safety

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