Riddle me this… if I install a fire sprinkler system in my home or office and come Sunday it is hot as hell outside, will the sprinkler system go off?
The Options Are:
A) Fire sprinklers will turn on leaving a watery path of destruction.
B) Fire sprinklers will short circuit and never work again.
C) Fire sprinklers won’t do anything.
D) None of the above.
The correct answer is C – the fire sprinkler system won’t do anything.
THE #1 MYTH SURROUNDING FIRE SPRINKLERS
Fire sprinklers don’t turn on during hot days. They need to reach a certain temperature before executing their fire prevention measures. This level is never reached during your average hot days.
WELL WHAT IF THEY DO TURN ON, WON’T THEY RUIN MY STUFF?
It is a common misconception fire sprinklers cause more damage due to the water that comes out of the sprinkler heads once they are activated. While water is used to diffuse a fire, the main design of a fire sprinkler system is to use as little water as possible in as little of space as possible — controlling a fire in its early stages when less water is needed.
HOW TO ASSESS DAMAGE AFTER A FIRE SPRINKLER TURNS ON
“Wait, I thought you just said fire sprinklers won’t damage my stuff?”
They won’t. The water might. If water gets in electrical devices, they might short circuit.
In assessing the damage after a fire sprinkler system successfully diffuses a fire; it is important to remember the harm that could have happened had the sprinklers not prevented the fire from growing and destroying your entire office or home space.
A few damp carpet areas seem much preferable to expensive office equipment charred beyond repair. The damage will also be less severe than the destruction caused by water from hoses used by fire-fighters to control large fires. The amount of water used in that situation can be tens to hundreds of times more than that used by the fire sprinkler system.
Put your mind at ease, fire sprinklers will not cause or cost you extensive damage. They’re here to save your life and protect your home and office.