Do you own a home or business in the Houston area? If you want to protect your investment along with the people and property inside, be sure to install fire sprinklers. This type of fire protection system is highly reliable. It puts out fires effectively, saves lives, and preserves property. Learn more about the reliability of fire sprinklers here.
You can choose from four different types of fire sprinklers: wet pipe, dry pipe, pre-action, and deluge. The wet pipe version is the most popular, in which the piping holds water at the ready in case a sprinkler head activates.
Dry pipe fire sprinklers are the next most common type. The plumbing in this system contains pressurized air or nitrogen, which pushes out through the sprinkler head before water starts flowing. You might need this type of fire sprinkler system if your building has low temperatures that could cause standing water in a wet pipe system to freeze.
No matter what type of fire sprinklers you choose, keep some important things in mind about how fire sprinklers work:
Far more people survive when fires break out in sprinklered buildings compared to properties without sprinkler systems. The death rate is 61 percent lower in sprinklered warehouses, 82 percent lower in sprinklered homes, and 88 percent lower in sprinklered manufacturing facilities. Indeed, the NFPA has no record of more than two people perishing in a fire in a completely sprinklered building when the system operated as intended.
Property damage rates plummet across all industries when fire sprinklers are present. For example, restaurants without sprinklers suffer an average of $53,000 in damages per fire, while sprinklered facilities see only $13,000 in damages (75 percent decrease). Home fires average $20,000 in damages, but if you add a sprinkler system, this average drops to $7,000 (65 percent decrease).
When a blaze erupts in a sprinklered building, the system operates 91 percent of the time. In these cases, the fire is extinguished 96 percent of the time. These figures amount to a total success rate of 87 percent.
The leading reasons why sprinklers fail to activate include:
The leading reasons why sprinklers activate but are ineffective include:
If you’re interested in having fire sprinklers installed in your Houston-area home or business, contact Kauffman Co. online or call 713-893-1090 for a free quote.
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