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4 FAQs About Fire Protection Services For Your Building

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While you can take every step to prevent fires from occurring in your building, you need proper safety measures in the case that a fire is started. Any business can be affected by fires, such as hotels and motels that see an estimated 150 injuries and 15 deaths every year because of fires. As fire protection services can involve many different parts, check these frequently asked questions to get the answers you need.

Will Fire Sprinklers Activate Accidentally?

The chance of a fire sprinkler accidentally going off is about .001%, barring any intentional or accidental tampering of the sprinklers. A fire sprinkler system design is heat-activated and typically requires a temperature of about 150 degrees Fahrenheit to go off. Unless a sprinkler head is knocked off or a pipe is broken, you’ll almost never have the sprinklers activate unnecessarily.

Do I Really Need Both A Sprinkler System And An Alarm System?

Having both a fire sprinkler system and an alarm system really is necessary for efficient fire protection services. While sprinklers are very effective at putting out fires after they start, they’ll only come on at the temperatures stated in the answer to the previous question. You need a fire alarm system, especially smoke detectors, to detect smoke and gases before the flames start doing their damage. This gives you time to escape the building and these systems typically notify the fire department.

What Is Fire Suppression?

Fire suppression is a method of fire protection that works by interrupting the chemical reaction involved in a fire. A fire requires a chemical reaction of oxygen, heat, and fuel in order to burn, so fire suppression systems are designed to target one or more of these elements.

Won’t A Fire Sprinkler System Cause A Lot Of Water Damage?

While fire sprinklers release the minimal amount of water needed to put out the fire, there will likely be water damage afterward. However, the alternatives to water damage from sprinklers are the building burning down or the fire department putting out the fire with floods of water from their hoses.

It’s important to understand the workings of fire protection services and the functions of each element of the system. If you have further questions or concerns, contact United Fire protection today.

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