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Fire Sprinkler Systems Save Lives and Property

Ever wonder just how effective a fire sprinkler system can be? The Fire Protection Team was on hand as the Cheshire Fire Department gave a public demonstration of the life and property saving power of fire sprinkler systems during a side-by-side demonstration. This side-by-side burn demonstration was offered to give members of the public, home owners, business owners, and industry professionals a live, real world reminder of the benefits of a sprinkler system.

This live demonstration was set up in an outdoor parking lot. To best illustrate the benefits of a sprinkler system, two three-walled rooms were built and placed side by side. Both structures mocked a normal living room, containing a couch, coffee table and rug, etc. However, one contained a wet sprinkler system with one mid-ceiling fire sprinkler. The Fire Marshall began by lighting the unprotected room on fire. The fire spread quickly, reaching the ceiling, right before the flash point. The fire was extinguished soon after the flash point. The damage was severe.

Next, the sprinkler-protected structure was ignited. However, as the fire began to build and the heat rose toward the ceiling, the sprinkler head was set off. At that point, the fire sprinkler dropped out of the ceiling releasing water, extinguishing the fire before it spread to the rest of the structure. The fire sprinkler system was set off long before the flash point, minimizing damage throughout the simulated living room.

The piece of mind you get from having a home protected with a fire suppression sprinkler service is truly priceless.  — Ned Nichols, President, Fire Protection Team

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Automatic sprinklers are highly effective and reliable elements of total system designs for fire protection in buildings.” The West Haven Fire Marshal began his speech with a powerful statistic reminding the crowd sprinklers are an effective method to mitigate fire damage. Therefore, allowing individuals to escape a burning structure. The fire marshal cited in a structure without a sprinkler system your chances of getting out are only at around 50%, compared to over an 80% chance in a structure with a sprinkler system.   The NFPA report , US Experience with Sprinklers furthers this notion stating, “with wet-pipe sprinklers the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home structure fires was lower by 82% and the rate of property damage per reported home structure fire was lower by 68%.” The figure to the right draws a comparison showing the amount of damage in a structure with and without automatic extinguishing equipment such as a wet pipe sprinkler system. The figure cites $ 21,000 in damage in an educational facility lacking an automatic extinguishing system. On the other hand, in a similar facility equipped with a well maintained and serviced system the damage only amounted to around $8,000. The cost of the damage was 61% higher in the structure without a system. The benefits of a fire sprinkler system are evident. The NFPA cites the death rate lowering by 82% and the property damage rate to lower by 68%.

Fire Protection Testing services include new installations, retrofits, inspections and testing, as well as maintenance of your fire sprinkler system. Our goal is to ensure you are safe and in compliance with NFPA 25 Water Based Fire Protection Systems Codes. There are a variety of fire sprinkler systems that differ depending on your needs. Fire Protection Testing offers wet systems, dry systems, standpipe systems, deluge systems, preaction systems, anti-freeze systems and special hazard systems.

Want to know more about the type of fire sprinkler system would that would best fit your needs? To learn more or to schedule or a free compliance audit, contact us today. Fire Protection Team, with locations in Connecticut and Southern New Hampshire, is your premier source for all your fire protection and life safety needs in the Northeast.

— This article was written by Zach Clark



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