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A Good Fire Sprinkler System is a Modern Day Weapon Against Fires

According to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada, there are approximately 300 fire fatalities each year in Canada. This is far too many lives to lose to fire, especially when there are many ways to reduce fire related risks, such as through a fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers provide powerful protection from fire, working automatically and immediately before a fire spreads. They put the water where it is needed, so people can get out safely.

“In the last 15 years Vancouver has not recorded a single fire related death where a sprinkler has been activated,” said Darrell Reid, Fire Chief, Vancouver, BC, to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada.

There is a long list of benefits to having a fire sprinkler system. They are designed to detect temperature differences in indoor spaces and do not react to false alarms from smoke or candle flame. In addition to triggering water flow when there is a significant rise in temperature, they also sound an alarm.

Through the release of water and sounding an alarm, fire sprinkler systems ensure building occupants and the local fire department have sufficient time to get to a safe place. This is especially true as the system tends to instantly identify and control fires at their initial phases, preventing the spread of the fire and associated damage.

Since a fire sprinkler system reduces the risk of damage by fire, they also help bring down home insurance costs. Insurance providers usually offer lesser premiums for homes with smoke detectors and fire sprinkler systems.

Have you ever wondered how a fire sprinkler system works? Each sprinkler head holds a glass container filled with liquid glycerin, which expands when heated. As fire temperatures can quickly reach anywhere between 57C – 74C (135 – 168°F), the expanding glycerin causes the glass container to break, activating the sprinkler head. This then opens a value in the hidden plumbing to release a focused downward spray of water to extinguish the fire. Ideally, the system will quickly put out the fire, but if not, it will greatly limit the spread of the fire, ensuring emergency personnel have time to respond to the fire.

A fire sprinkler system could save your life and belongings. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, now might be a good time to invest in one. After all, isn’t an ounce of protection worth a pound of the cure? A simple fire sprinkler system installation might be just what you need to sleep comfortably tonight.

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