Fire sprinklers are most effective during the fire’s initial flame growth stage.
A properly selected sprinkler will detect the fire’s heat, initiate alarm and begin suppression within moments after flames appear.
In most instances sprinklers will control fire advancement within a few minutes of their activation.
This will in turn result in significantly less damage than otherwise would happen without sprinklers.
The benefits of using fire sprinkler systems include:
- Immediate identification and control of a developing fire – Sprinkler systems respond at all times, including periods of low occupancy.
- Immediate alert – In conjunction with the building fire alarm system, automatic sprinkler systems will notify occupants and emergency response personnel of the developing fire.
- Reduced heat and smoke damage – Significantly less heat and smoke will be generated when the fire is extinguished at an early stage.
- Enhanced life safety – Occupants will be subject to less danger when fire growth is checked.
- Design flexibility – Fire and smoke barrier placement becomes less restrictive since early fire control minimizes demand on these systems.
- Enhanced Security – A sprinkler controlled fire decreases demand on security forces, minimizing intrusion opportunities.
- Decreased insurance expenditure – Sprinkler controlled fires are less damaging than fires in non-sprinklered buildings. This results in lower insurance reimbursements. Insurance underwriters will usually offer reduced premiums in sprinkler protected properties which can save a large amount of capital.