Fire Sprinklers–Sometimes merely detecting the presence of a fire in a building isn’t enough. A good example of this is large apartment buildings, restaurants, computer rooms, manufacturing, and others. Any environment in which there’s a high risk of fire, detection is not enough. In fact, it’s imperative in many cases that the fire be extinguished before it can spread.

“Fire sprinkler systems are extensively used worldwide, with over 40 million sprinkler heads fitted each year. In buildings completely protected by fire sprinkler systems, over 96% of fires were controlled by fire sprinklers alone” (Hall, John R. Jr. (June 2013). “US Experience with Sprinklers”. NFPA. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016).

According to NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) of Quincy, MA, “Sprinklers are a highly effective and reliable part of a building’s fire protection system. National estimates of reported fires derived from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and NFPA’s annual fire department experience survey show that in 2010-2014 sprinklers were present in 10% of reported U.S. fires. The death rate per 1,000 reported fires was 87% lower in properties with sprinklers than in properties with no automatic extinguishing systems (AES). The civilian injury rate was 27% lower and the firefighter fireground injury rate per 1,000 fires was 67% lower in sprinklered properties than in fires in
properties without AES. 

“In fires considered large enough to activate the sprinkler, sprinklers operated 92% of the time. Sprinklers were effective in controlling the fire in 96% of the fires in which they operated. Taken together, sprinklers both operated and were effective in 88% of the fires large enough to operate them. In three-fifths of the fires in which the sprinkler failed to operate, the system had been shut off” (U.S. Experience with Sprinklers, July 2017, Marty Ahrens).

[image] John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner
John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) is your first line of defense against the spread of fire in all kinds of buildings. We offer numerous automatic fire-fighting solutions, such as wet- and dry-type sprinkler systems, water deluge fire protection, as well as dry chemical releasing systems.

For more information on how ESC can put out the fire in your building, contact us at 614-754-1393, or fill out our Contact Form below.