Why are Fire Sprinkler Systems Important?

As most of us know, many commercial buildings come equipped with professional sprinkler systems. Many cities and states mandate that structures of a certain construction type or specific types of business must, by law, have a sprinkler system installed. In fact, fire sprinklers have been commonplace in commercial buildings since the 1960s and in commercial-residential structures (hotels, apartment buildings, and condos), since the 1990s.

While sprinklers are pretty mainstream and common knowledge, we want to get into the details around why they’re so essential to life safety, fire safety, and avoiding massive fire damage. There are many benefits to having a fire suppression system in your home or business. Read on to find out our top 3 reasons for installing and properly maintaining a fire sprinkler system. 

1. They save lives

More than anything, the protection of life should always be the number one priority in any situation. When it comes to fire safety systems, nothing protects life more than a properly maintained automatic sprinkler system. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has stated that there has never been a record of more than two lives having been lost inside of a building where a full, automatic sprinkler system was in place that was well maintained. This single statistic perfectly illustrates their effectiveness.

2. They can cut property damage in half

The aftermath of a fire can be devastating to a family or a business, but sprinklers improve things dramatically. Businesses unprotected by sprinkler systems can literally burn to the ground. Even in cases where insurance covers the cost of rebuilding, the loss of patronage can sometimes be so devastating that the business never reopens. According to the NFPA, fire sprinklers have been found to greatly reduce damage from fires in restaurants, schools, health care facilities, offices, homes, and stores. Damages from fires cost on average $53,000 in restaurants without sprinkler systems, compared to $13,000 in restaurants with sprinkler systems.

3. They help contain fire damage in the moment

Smoke detectors, heat detectors, and flame detectors can all warn building occupants of a fire, but they can’t do anything to contain the situation. As soon as an automatic sprinkler head is heated to a specific temperature, it will open and start flooding the flame with water, this will not stop until the fire department turns off the water supply. A sprinkler system can completely suppress the fire before it has a chance to spread, or it can significantly slow down the spread of the flames, giving firefighters the critical time needed to save property and lives. In either case, it increases safety while decreasing property damage.

According to the NFPA, having a residential fire sprinkler system installed in your home can increase your survival expectancy during a fire by 80%. Residential fire sprinklers are effective because they activate faster than any other response mechanism and help to control the fire immediately at the point of origin. While fire sprinklers have been around for over a century and have proven themselves time and time again in saving property and lives, they still have more potential as their use is expanded across all types of structures, from commercial to residential. At Severson Fire Protection we specialize in all areas of fire protection installations, from residential homes to large commercial and industrial facilities. Contact us today, 541-382-3720.