Dear Fire Sprinkler Clients,
Fire sprinklers continue to get smarter and less conspicuous each year. This month we’ll take a look at a few of the reasons fire sprinklers are the best line of defense. We’ll also talk about the role of fire sprinkler designers in the building process, and catch up on West Coast fire sprinkler news.
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What Makes Fire Sprinklers the Best Defense?
1. They save many more lives than other fire prevention/detection devices, like fire alarms and extinguishers. A good set of interconnected fire detectors can reduce loss of life by 50%, but a fire sprinkler system can reduce it by nearly 100%. When you’re talking about people’s lives, that’s a big difference.
2. They can save you money on your property insurance. Insurers know a safe bet when they see one. They stand to lose less money on a building fire that has fire sprinklers, because the damage will be contained to a very small area.
3. The cost of a sprinkler system installation is about the same as a security system, and much less than extras like a pool or a fully-outfitted media room.
4. They compensate for the extra fire risks new homes pose. The most recent materials used in furniture and building materials are much more flammable than the materials used in older homes. But with a good sprinkler system, the chances of losing property or life to a house fire is extremely low.
What Does a Fire Sprinkler Designer Do?
A fire sprinkler designer is an expert who has been trained in fire sprinkler regulations and installation procedures. If you are having your new sprinkler system installed during the building process, the fire sprinkler designer can work with the builders to plan ahead for the placement of pipes and sprinkler heads.
You can discuss options with the designer, such as:
● Covered, recessed ceiling heads that are barely noticeable
● Covered sprinkler heads in the walls, which can help to avoid pipe installation in the attic
● Special sprinkler head installations in the basement ceiling, designed to allow for finishing in the future
The fire sprinkler designer can help you find the most efficient, least risky way to structure your system, and can even help you find ways to set up third-party monitoring with your security company. If you plan to retrofit a system in an existing structure, the designer can look over the building plans with you, and find ways to do the installation with a minimum of renovation.
Carlton, OR, Winery Loses Big to Fire
A large winery in the town of Carlton, Oregon caught fire on May 11th, starting in the fermentation room. Firefighters were so overwhelmed by the blaze, they had to call in reinforcements from five other fire departments.
Even with all the extra hands on deck, one firefighter was injured, and the business sustained between $300,000 and $400,000 in loss and damages. Fire officials noted that the building lacked a fire sprinkler system, which could have prevented the vast majority of the owners’ losses, and prevented the injury of one of their own.
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