Millions of dollars are lost due to fire damages in the USA each year. Fire in commercial properties not only threatens people’s lives but also a business’ assets and the ability to continue operating. Therefore, intermediaries and commercial business owners must work together to manage these fire risks with a comprehensive fire safety management policy. An automatic fire sprinkler system is a good place to start.
An automatic fire sprinkler system is a pressurized water distribution and supply system that is designed and built according to specific standards and fire design codes, based on the applicable fire hazards to this area. Typically warehouses, manufacturing industries as well as hotels and large office buildings have automatic systems integrated.
The main components of a fire system are a network of sprinkler heads connected to the water supply pipework, that are activated in the event of a fire, releasing water from the system to extinguish the fire below.
Water supplies can be in the form of independent water tanks and dedicated fire pumps for larger installations or in the form of public or municipal water supply for small installations.
A fire sprinkler system can save lives as well as significant damage to property if properly serviced and maintained. Fire sprinkler systems should be designed and installed properly to function as intended. All key components should be maintained, tested and serviced on time to ensure its functioning and reliability.
A robust risk management program must be implemented where fire sprinkler systems are partially installed or are not provided, to ensure that fire prevention is the absolute focus at a facility.
In the event of a fire, fire sprinkler systems should react promptly and automatically, much faster than any human, irrespective of the time of day or safety concerns.