When it comes to fires, firefighters aren’t necessarily the first responders on the scene: your fire sprinklers are. That is, if you have them installed in the first place! In fact, only 5% of residences have fire sprinklers installed, which is surprising considering they can decrease the risk of dying in a house fire by 80%.
Fire sprinklers are one of the best ways to protect your family, your home, your business, and more, so we’ve covered some of the FAQs for installing them.
FAQs for Fire Sprinkler Installations
How do fire sprinklers work?
Fire sprinklers are heat sensitive plugs that connect to a water source. In the event of a fire, it’s not the smoke that turns on the sprinklers, but the heat of the flames. As the heat reaches the fire sprinkler, the cover plate will drop off and the sprinkler head will open and release the water.
How do I install fire sprinklers?
Installing fire sprinklers isn’t a weekend DIY job. In order to ensure the safety of your home or company, it’s best to hire a sprinkler contractor with certification like our STAR Fire Sprinklerfitting Mastery. Certified sprinkler contractors can work with you to form a plan for where you want the devices and how to plan for water access. Part of the planning process involves arranging to install the sprinklers with the least amount of disruption to the existing structure.
During installation, your contractor will open walls to access and install pipes for the sprinkler system. When the pipes and connectors are complete, the contractor will fix any holes they’ve made and install the sprinkler head.
How do I maintain my fire sprinklers?
Proper maintenance and care can ensure that your sprinklers function properly in the event of a fire. Make sure to avoid bumping or displacing them while dusting or moving furniture, and ensure they’re not covered. If you paint, cover them with a cup or something similar to avoid splattering them or sealing them with paint. If you suspect your sprinklers have been compromised, contact your sprinkler contractor to ensure they’re in working order.
According to National Fire Protection Association, fire sprinklers are a code requirement. NFPA 13D doesn’t include bathrooms or garages as essential rooms for fire sprinkler installations, but due to the number of fires that originate in these areas, we recommend installing fire sprinklers anyway.
At National ITC, we develop, manage, and administer certification and testing programs for a number of industries including fire protection & safety systems. You can contact us by calling 877-457-6482.