• 1. How do fire sprinklers work?
  • Fire sprinklers are the most visible part of a fire sprinkler system - an integrated array of pumps, piping and detection devices. Pipes hook into your building's water supply which is pushed, through pumping or pressurization, to upper floors in multi-level structures. Sprinkler heads are the distribution device that sprays water over a fire. Sprinklers are activated by high heat, usually between 165-175 degrees Farenheight. When they sense temperatures in that range, they release water over the hot area, dousing the fire.

  • 2. Are sprinkler activated by smoke?
  • No, fire sprinklers are heat, not smoke, activated.

  • 3. Do sprinklers ever activate or leak accidentally?
  • It is extremely rare that sprinklers ever activate by accident. A sprinkler discharge without a fire event is usually the outcome of accidental damage which is very rare.

  • 4. Do all the fire sprinklers activate in event of a fire?
  • No, each fire sprinkler is individually activated when the heat of a flame is present; on average only 1 or 2 sprinklers are needed to activate during a fire thus extinguishing the fire immediately and containing the damage. Residential fire sprinklers discharge approximately 12-25 gallons of water per minute versus the fire department's 250-500 gallons a minute.

  • 5. Will sprinklers make my building look unattractive?
  • Today, there are a wide variety of sprinkler heads considered aesthetically pleasing. Sprinkler heads are made in numerous shapes, colors and configurations, including some that stay hidden in the ceiling until they are activated. Please see our "concealment page" for more information.

  • 6. How expensive is it to install fire sprinklers?
  • The cost of installing fire sprinklers is around $2.00 a square foot, or similar to the cost of a carpet.

  • 7. Are there insurance benefits for installing a fire sprinkle system?
  • Yes, there usually are discounts associated with installation of a rated fire sprinkler system. Occupants save on average 10-15% on fire insurance premiums. Your insurance company can provide additional information.

  • More Questions?
  • One of our qualified sales representatives will be happy to assist you with other questions you might have.

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