FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The chances are that you have many questions that you need answers to before you consider your options of having a fire sprinkler system installed in your home or commerical property. We’ve detailed answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you have any more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What activates the sprinklers to come on?
This is the most common question we are asked. Fire sprinkler and mist systems are activated by an element which is sensitive to heat. We pre-determine the temperature (usually circa 70 degrees centigrade) and if this temperature is met or exceeded, the sprinklers are activated and disperse water forcefully over the affected area.
Isn’t it easier for me to get a smoke alarm?
Smoke alarms are a necessity for every building. If you’re asleep, they are likely to wake you in the event of a fire, so you can escape from any danger. If however you find yourself caught in a fire that has already covered your escape routes, you can find yourself in extreme danger very quickly. Unlike smoke alarms which simply alert you to the scent of smoke, fire sprinklers and mist systems ensure that fires are safely extinguished and all inhabitants of the property are safe from harm and therefore able to escape.
How can I test the system is working once it’s installed?
Unlike a traditional smoke detector, you can’t test a fire sprinkler system for obvious reasons. The systems are checked thoroughly at the point of installation, and we have a ‘test point’ within the systems we install which enables you to see if all elements are operating as they should, much like you can do with a smoke alarm.
How bad is the water damage?
Water damage caused by sprinkler systems is nowhere close to the damage that can be caused by fire. Not to mention, if the emergency fire services have to put out a fire, they use considerably more water than our fire or mist systems.
Is the popularity of fire sprinklers on the rise?
Yes. Fire sprinklers are widely used across the world now, especially across Australasia and North America and more recently, Europe and the UK.
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