Victory Fire Protection doesn’t expect you to be an expert on Fire Sprinkler Systems. Thats why we have included these Frequently Asked Questions.
How do I test my Fire Sprinkler System?
Do all sprinklers go off at the same time?
No, each Fire Sprinkler has its own specified temperature rating (ex. 165 degrees Fahrenheit) that responds to the heat of a fire individually. Only those sprinklers in the immediate vicinity of the fire activate. For example, if there is a fire in the Master Bedroom of a house only the sprinkler(s) in that Master Bedroom will activate. It is not uncommon for only one or two sprinklers to extinguish in a fire.
How much does a fire sprinkler system cost?
If installed during new home construction, the fire sprinkler system cost on average $1.35 per square foot. The investment in your fire sprinkler system may be slightly lower or higher, depending on the location and complexity of the home.
Why do I need fire sprinklers?
Most people don’t realize that 8 out of 10 fire deaths occur in the home. They usually happen at night when you and your family are asleep and unaware. Fires are also fast; they can go from a small flame to a total inferno within a few minutes. Fire sprinklers can suppress and often extinguish a fire before the fire department arrives, giving your family time to escape devastation.
How do I take care of my fire sprinkler system?
A residential fire sprinkler system is practically maintenance free. The building/home occupants should understand that maintaining the fire sprinkler system and periodic inspections is more about common sense.
- 1. Conduct monthly inspections of valves to ensure they’re open.
- 2. Conduct an alarm test every 6 months by flowing water through the test and drain to ensure the notifying device sounds.
- 3. Avoid painting or covering the fire sprinkler devices, as that will affect their sensitivity to heat.
- 4. Do not hang decorations, plants, or any objects from the fire sprinklers or piping.
Are fire sprinklers required to be installed?
It depends where the building/home is located, each state, city, and county have their own regulations. In 2010 the State of California implemented that fire sprinklers shall be required in new One- and Two-Family Dwellings.
Can water damage be worse then fire damage?
Water damage from a fire sprinkler system is much less severe than smoke damage if a fire goes unabated. Sprinkler-related damage is also considerably less than that of a fire hose. For example, quick-response sprinklers release 10 to 25 gallons of water per minute, compared to 125 to 250 gallons per minute released by a fire hose.
Will a fire sprinkler cause my insurance premium to go up?
No. Generally insurance rates will go down. Shop around; the savings vary by insurance company.
Will smoke set off my fire sprinkler system?
Absolutely not, a fire sprinkler requires actual heat to activate. A smoke alarm may be audible and detect smoke, but it will not set off a fire sprinkler.
How do fire sprinklers work?
Depending on the type of system, water in the sprinkler systems pipes are constantly under pressure. At each sprinkler head, a plug holds the water back. When sufficient heat reaches a sprinkler head, depending on the type of mechanism used, one of the following actions occurs: The special solder that holds the plug in place melts or the bubble in the glass vial in the sprinkler head expands enough to break the glass. In either case, the plug is released and the water begins to flow. Water will continue flowing until an emergency responder mechanically turns off the system.