“Sprinklers will ruin unaffected parts of my house/ business”
Wrong, this is a myth perceived as a result of film and television. Sprinkler systems consist of a series of pipes, which terminate in sprinkler heads. When fire breaks out, the heat given off by the flames causes liquid inside a quartzoid bulb, fitted to the sprinkler head, to expand until the bulb breaks releasing water onto the fire. As the heat is confined to the sprinkler head in the area of the fire only, other heads will not be affected, other heads will therefore remain intact and not discharge water onto unaffected areas of the property. However, should the fire spread, then more heads will be affected causing more heads to break and more water to be discharged in an attempt to minimise the spread of flames.
“Sprinklers will spoil the finish of my ceiling”
Wrong again, sprinkler heads can be hidden above suspended ceilings and have covers installed making them less visible. You’ll need to talk to your installation contractor to see what can be done.
“Sprinklers cause more damage than the fire”
A sprinkler system attacks the fire directly, so less water will be used. Some systems operate the fire alarm once activated, so the sprinkler system can be turned off once the fire is out.
“A sprinkler system is expensive to install”
It has been said that they are no more expensive to install than a good quality carpet, however, this depends on where their installed and any other special conditions needed in the location that they’re installed e.g. Refrigerated areas etc. The installation of a sprinkler system can be viewed favourably by insurers, who may offer reductions, so in time, the installation will pay for itself. Check with your insurers, and see what they say.
“Surely, my smoke detectors provide enough protection from fire”
Smoke detectors do a great job in saving lives by giving you more time to get out of the building. However, they do nothing to extinguish a fire or to contain it.
“Sprinklers can go off accidentally”
It’s more likely to win the main prize in a lottery than suffer a sprinkler malfunction.