Everything to know about Fire Sprinklers
How do Fire Sprinklers Work?
Fire Sprinklers are an essential fire protection system designed to protect against fire and reduce damage to property and individuals. When a fire starts and the room temperature reaches 57 Degrees, the bulb inside the nozzle of the sprinkler head breaks as it detects the fire. This then signals the release of water which works to extinguish the fire. Depending on the type of fire detection system you have installed, the release of water will differ.
A Mist Sprinkler system will only release small droplets of water as opposed to a traditional sprinkler. When a fire occurs, only the nozzle that is closest to the heat source will be activated as opposed to all sprinklers being activated – a common misconception. If the fire had spread quickly then multiple sprinklers would set off and work to target the fire. The mist droplets will work to cool down the heat until the fire has been fully extinguished.
Fire Sprinkler Myths
1. Fire Sprinklers are set off by smoke
2. Burnt Toast can set off a sprinkler
Burnt Toast will NOT set off a sprinkler, it may set off your smoke detector, but it will not activate a water sprinkler unless the temperature of the burnt toast is 57 Degrees which is unlikely.
3. Water damage is as bad as fire damage
Any damage can be bad as the result of fire however, iCO Water Mist Sprinklers use a drastically less amount of water when discharged. Fire damage can lead to mounds of smoke and burning of materials resulting in pollution. Water Damage is still significant especially if you use a traditional sprinkler. A mist fire sprinkler system, specifically iCO, during a 30-minute discharge will result in 360 litres of water however, a traditional sprinkler results in up to 7200 Litres!
4. Sprinklers can go off accidentally
Setting off mist sprinklers accidentally is rare. You can’t physically press a button to set it off. It solely relies on heat reaching a high temperature to be activated. With your chances of being struck by lightning at upto 2 million to one, versus the likelihood of a fire sprinkler going off accidentally at 16 million to one, we don’t think this is anything to worry about.
Did you Know?
Our Water Mist Sprinklers are designed and protected by a double knock system that protects against accidental or malicious damage. This is done by connecting the smoke detection system and the nozzle to function as one effective fire protection system. You can read more about our double knock system here.
5. Fire sprinklers can go off if you hit or touch them
Setting off a fire sprinkler accidently by impact alone is extremely unlikely. Our Water Mist Nozzles completely surround and protect the glass temperature detection tube.
Traditional pendant type fire sprinkler heads are much more susceptible to physical impact and as such are not recommended, especially in residential buildings, care homes and schools for example.
6. Sprinklers are expensive
Sprinkler systems may seem expensive to many people but when you think about the costs of repairs you would have to pay if your house was on fire without any protection systems, then you wouldn’t see sprinklers as expensive! You can’t predict when a fire can start. Maybe it starts when you are not home or is accidentally caused by fire hazards.
If you have the best fire protection you can limit the damage done. Sprinkler systems also may help to reduce insurance premiums so you may pay a one-off cost on sprinklers but in the long term you’re spending less on insurance as you have the best fire protection systems in place.
Benefits of Water Mist Sprinkler Systems
Water Mist Sprinklers are newer to the market than traditional fire sprinklers however, they provide many benefits including:
How do I install a fire sprinkler system?
If you are wanting to ensure your property has the best fire protection systems designed and installed it is important that any water mist system installed in your property is done by an accredited installer and the fire protection system is tested to British Standards. NPHS offers bespoke design, fit, and installation of water mist fire suppression systems for your property. We guarantee a free no-obligation quote to understand your needs and how we can help you choose the best sprinkler system.