Automatic fire sprinkler systems are the most critical form of active fire protection that you can have fitted to your building. The type of automatic fire sprinkler system that you require depends on your building classification and your type of occupancy.
It is a fallacy that when one fire sprinkler activates the entire buildings fire sprinkler system activates. This is a special effect used in movies and does not apply to conventional fire sprinkler systems.
Only one fire sprinkler will discharge (the one exposed to the source of heat that activated the fire sprinkler head). Should the fire sprinkler be unable to contain the spread of fire, another fire sprinkler head will activate if exposed to heat and so on until the fire is contained. In reality a substantial fire is able to be contained by the activation of no more 2 or 3 fire sprinkler heads.
Most fire sprinkler systems are designed to allow for the discharge of a maximum six fire sprinkler heads at any one time.
The discharge of six sprinkler heads will require a substantial amount of water and depending upon the water supply available, tanks and pumps may be required.
Automatic fire sprinkler systems will provide fully automatic fire protection of your property day or night however these systems do require specialised maintenance and should be inspected and tested weekly.
Automatic fire sprinkler systems are activated by the presence of fire so they do not provide an early response to fire. It is possible for a fire sprinkler system (water deluge) to be activated by a great variety of automatic fire detection systems ranging from aspirated smoke detection systems such as Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) to flame detection such as combination UV / IR detectors. These types of systems provide a very rapid response to the formation of a fire combined with rapid and very efficient fire suppression.
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