FIRE SPRINKLER & SUPRESSION SYSTEMS
Automatic fire sprinklers are individually heat activated and tied into a network of pipes that are charged with water. Heat from a fire raises the sprinkler temperature to its operating point, once this occurs a solder link in the sprinkler head will melt or a liquid-filled glass bulb will shatter to open that single sprinkler, releasing water directly over the source of the heat. Once the water starts running through the sprinkler pipes an alarm is sounded and alert a monitoring company or the fire department.
Why are sprinklers so effective?
Sprinklers operate automatically in the area of fire origin, preventing a fire from growing undetected to a dangerous size while simultaneously sounding an alarm. Automatic fire sprinklers keep fires small. The average fire in sprinkler protected building are handled by one or two sprinklers. Residential fire sprinklers work quickly to contain a fire and eliminate the poisonous gases released when products within the home burn. Most fire related fatalities are the result of the inhalation of poisonous gases which result in death by asphyxiation.