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Fire Sprinkler Installation Training: 3 Myths About Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems have sustained an enviable record for the protection of lives and properties for more than a century. Still, there are some common misconceptions regarding the effectiveness and operation of fire sprinklers system. This article is meant to shed some light on these myths that you might think is true. Let’s delve into 3 of the most common myths about these systems:
1) All fire sprinkler systems activate at the same time during a fire emergency. It happens in the movies so it is reasonable to think that it is the same in reality right? Wrong! If you had fire sprinkler installation training, you will know better. The engineers that designed fire sprinkler systems did it in way that only the head of the sprinkler that is close to the fire gets activated by the heat that is detected after exceeding the temperature limit. And the temperature is between 135-165 degree Fahrenheit.
It was designed this way, by engineers who have had a professional fire sprinkler installation training, to reduce the losses that will be caused by fire sprinklers when too much water is released through the sprinkler head in rooms where there is no fire. And if there is a fire, only the sprinkler head is able to contain the fire—in most cases. So you do not need to worry that your home will be drenched in water if heat was detached in one room in the house or office.
2) Fire sprinklers cause extensive water damage. Fire sprinklers are the best option relatively speaking. Besides, there are more active than other forms of controlling fire, e.g., using a fire hose. So they do not cause much damage and are very active at putting out fire before the whole room is engulfed in flames. If that happens, that is extensive damage of properties not to mention lives.
The quantity of water released by a fire sprinkler is 15 gallons of water per minute. It is a very reasonable quantity that should be enough to put out fires before any outbreak happens.
3) Smoke detectors are a better option than fire sprinklers. There is no need debating this because it is not true and you should not make comparison. They were designed to function differently. Smoke detectors are meant to give warning signal that they might be a fire outbreak somewhere and so everybody should be aware and the occupants can start evacuating right away. This is obviously very useful but smoke detectors do not put out fires which could end up destroying valuable properties. And when it gets exposed to fire, it melts.
Unlike smoke detectors, fire sprinklers put out fires before there is destruction of lives and properties. Besides, they are designed to function where the fire is. And more often than not, fire sprinklers are successful at putting out fire before an outbreak occurs. So they both work together. You will be taught all this and more in a professional fire sprinkler installation training.
These are some of the misconceptions about fire sprinkler systems.