article is intended to provide individuals with general information
pertaining to protecting your home against fire with a fire sprinkler
You cherish your
family and home and would do anything to guard them against tragedy. But
are you neglecting an essential step in fire protection by not having
a fire sprinkler system in your house?
You may wonder if
a sprinkler system is necessary and effective, and how it works. You may
be questioning its advantages over a fire extinguisher or smoke alarm.
Is it a wise investment? Take a look at the basic facts concerning fire
sprinklers and decide for yourself whether your family would be well served
with a fire sprinkler system in your residence.
Fire sprinkler systems are designed to actively fight a fire without any
effort required on your part. As soon as the system detects heat generated
by flames, sprinkler heads will douse the entire area. Meanwhile, you
can concentrate on getting yourself and your family out of the house while
the system works to extinguish the fire. Click
here to learn how to be prepared for a fire emergency.
Fire Sprinkler Systems Work
A sprinkler system stores water under a certain pressure within its pipe
lines. When sensors inside the sprinkler heads are triggered by the presence
of heat and flames, the water is immediately released and the area is
Each sprinkler head has either a bulb or metal link that shatters when
exposed to heat, breaking a tiny pin designed to hold the pressurized
water in the pipes. Subsequently, the water forcefully gushes out of the
sprinkler head to battle the flames.
Fire extinguishers are adequate for putting out relatively contained fires;
however, you need to place yourself near the flames and in the path of
potential danger. They also do not provide even coverage of the area as
a fire sprinkler system can.
The water ejected from sprinkler heads causes significantly less damage
than the pressurized water from the firemen’s hoses. Sprinklers
are activated almost instantly and may have extinguished the fire completely
by the time the local fire department arrives. That is an important factor
in the case of rural properties or remote locations where access to property
is difficult and sometimes impossible for the firemen.
Your residence is
protected when you are away from home. Activated smoke alarms will alert
a monitoring company of fire, if you have paid your monthly fee, but again,
time is a crucial factor. With fire sprinkler systems, the flames are
doused automatically and your home and possessions are well-protected
– even when you’re out. Compared to smoke alarms which are
often found to be faulty, sprinkler systems are reliable and easy to maintain.
Most apartments, businesses and public buildings are required to have
a fire sprinkler system in place as a part of their safety procedures.
Today, with the variety of cost options available, homeowners can equally
enjoy the peace of mind that sprinklers can provide. Building codes specify
the number of sprinkler heads required in a residence, including their
placement for the best coverage.
If you have concerns
regarding the distance between your home and the nearest fire station,
or whether the fire department has easy access to your house, a fire sprinkler
system will alleviate your worries. Moreover, if you have valuable possessions
such as art or antique furniture, investing in a sprinkler system is the
right thing to do.
Some insurance companies offer a sizable discount to homeowners who install
a fire sprinkler system in their home. In the long run, those savings
add up and will well-cover the cost of the system’s installation.
Call a professional
in the field to come and assess your home, show you the intended layout
of the sprinkler system, give you an estimate, and answer all your questions.
In general, the installation procedure takes a relatively short period
of time. Thereafter, you can rest assured that you have provided another
level of security for your loved ones and your precious home.
Having experienced 2 house fires, John Manley now devotes some
of his spare time educating people about the importance of having fire
extinguishers, CO and fire alarms, and proper escape plans though the
website: Fire Extinguisher:
101 - www.fire-extinguisher101.com.