If you’re constructing or renovating a commercial building in Houston, you may be wondering whether you need to install a fire sprinkler system. You want to protect your building, people, and merchandise, but you also have a budget to abide by. Here’s more information about sprinkler requirements in Houston and the benefits of installing such a system in your building.
Automatic sprinklers aren’t required everywhere, so it’s reasonable to wonder if your building needs them. In general, you should plan to install fire sprinklers if any of the following conditions apply to your Houston building:
NFPA 13 Section J104 requires all existing high-rise buildings within Houston city limits to feature automatic fire sprinklers. The current requirement states that 50 percent or more of all floors in your building must feature operational sprinklers. By December 31, 2017, the entire building must be sprinklered.
Still, certain areas of a building are exempt from sprinkler installation, including:
Even if fire codes don’t strictly require you to install a fire sprinkler system, you may still want to go above and beyond by installing one anyway. All homes and businesses benefit from fire sprinklers, as long as they’re designed, installed, and maintained properly. Here are some of the benefits you can expect:
The best way to assess whether your building needs a fire sprinkler system—and the potential benefits you stand to gain by installing one—is to speak with a fire protection expert. Based in Houston, TX, Kauffman Co. is the right company for the job. We have over 35 years of experience providing fire and life safety services to residents and businesses throughout the area.
We can conduct a walkthrough of your building to determine which sprinkler code requirements apply to you. We can also design and install a system to meet your needs, as well as perform maintenance to keep your sprinklers up and running for years to come. For a free fire sprinkler installation estimate, please call 713-893-1090 or contact us online today.
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