4 Myths Behind Fire Sprinkler Alarm Systems
Fire sprinkler systems have been used for years as a way to help control fires before the fire department arrived to thoroughly put them out. However, many homeowners still aren't sure whether or not fire alarm sprinkler systems are the most effective way to control fires. Here are four myths that surround fire sprinkler alarm systems to be aware of:
- Sprinkler Systems Cause More Expensive Damages Than Fire: One myth surrounding fire alarm sprinkler systems is the belief that should they be set off, they are going to cause more expensive damages than letting the fire continue while waiting for the fire department to arrive. However, the water damage from a fire hose used by the fire department causes much more significant water damage than the sprinklers do. This is because the fire is spreading during the time it takes for the fire department to arrive, which means they have to use more water to put the fire out. By keeping the fire controlled with a sprinkler system, the amount of excessive water from the fire department hose will be lessened.
- Every Sprinkler Head Goes Off: Another misconception about fire sprinkler systems is that every sprinkler head goes off when a fire is detected. However, this is not the case. Fire sprinkler systems are designed to only set off sprinkler heads that are in close proximity to the fire. For example, if you live in a two-story home and the fire is detected in the kitchen downstairs, the sprinkler heads in the kitchen and possibly the dining room will be the only ones to be set. None upstairs will go off.
- A Smoke Detector is Enough: Most homeowners simply use smoke detectors as their only form of protection from fire. Once the smoke detector goes off, the fire department can be warned and sent on their way to your home. However, a smoke detector does nothing to slow down the fire while the fire department is in the process of making their way to your home. By having nothing to slow down a fire in the home, there is a much higher chance that you will lose more and have to pay more for fire damage repairs.
- Sprinklers Won't Protect Your Life: Another reason some homeowners don't consider the installation of a fire sprinkler alarm system is because they believe it will do nothing to put them out of harms way. However, by having the sprinkler system set in the case of a fire, the amount of smoke that spreads throughout the home is lessened significantly and it is the amount of smoke from a fire that typically kills in a house fire because when it is breathed in, it causes the victim to lose consciousness.
By knowing the myths that surround a fire sprinkler system, you can be sure that you are better understanding of why one of these systems may be beneficial for your home.
27 March 2015