The Importance of Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinkler systems are widely accepted as one of the most effective methods to fight fires in the early stages. Installing fire sprinkler systems in your business, property or home is extremely important to protect against the danger of fires.

What is the purpose of fire sprinkler systems?

Fire sprinkler systems serve a very important role for homes and businesses. The two main purposes of fire sprinklers are:

  1. Protecting lives
  2. Protecting property

According to the NFPA, “When sprinklers are present, the chances of dying in a fire and the average property loss per fire are both cut by one-half to two-thirds, compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.”

Protecting Lives

Without a doubt, the most important role that fire sprinklers play is in protecting the lives of those who occupy the building. The NFPA reports, “the civilian death rate was 81% lower in homes with fire sprinklers than in homes without them.” During a fire, sprinkler systems are activated early on to fight a fire and increase the likelihood of surviving a fire. Fire sprinkler systems slow the spread of a fire and allow people to safely evacuate a building and reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by a fire.

Protecting Property

Fire sprinkler systems have the ability to significantly reduce property damage caused by a fire. Fire sprinklers contain a fire in its early stages to minimize property damage. According to the NFPA, “when fire sprinklers were present, fires were kept the room of origin 97 percent of the time.” Contrary to what some may believe, fire sprinkler systems are activated by heat or flames, not smoke. During a fire, only the sprinkler head that is closest to the fire is activated.

Fire Sprinkler Installation Services

Ellis Fire Suppression is a fire protection contractor that designs and installs fire sprinkler systems for commercial, industrial and institutional properties in Boston, MA and surrounding areas. We can install wet, dry, deluge and pre-action fire sprinkler systems. In addition, Ellis Fire also provides inspections, testing and repairs for all sprinkler systems. If you are interested in learning more about our fire sprinkler services, contact us today.