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Going Over Three Kinds of Fire Sprinkler Systems

Going Over Three Kinds of Fire Sprinkler Systems

Today, we’ll be looking at three types of fire sprinkler systems so you can decide which ones are best for your business.

All businesses need to have fire protection built into them. One of the most common defenses against fires is the addition of fire sprinkler systems. Fire sprinklers come in many varieties, though, and the ones you should use will depend on what fire hazards your building has. Today, we’ll be looking at three types of fire sprinkler systems so you can decide which ones are best for your business.

Wet Fire Sprinkler Systems

These are some of the most common of all fire sprinkler systems. With these systems, water will always be inside the line. When there is an active fire nearby, the heat from the fire makes the sprinkler head pop, causing the water to be discharged. Only the heads affected by the fire will activate, unlike in the movies where all the heads go off.  In many cases fire are extinguished with just one or two sprinkler heads. Given its simple design and activation requirements, it has established itself as one of the most used types of fire sprinkler systems for businesses.

Dry Fire Sprinkler Systems

Unlike a wet sprinkler system, a dry sprinkler system has pressurized air inside of it. The way these sprinklers are designed is such that water only gets released upon the heads being activated. This will make these sprinklers take more time to respond to a fire, but it’s a needed feature for any buildings without heating.  You will most commonly see these types of systems in attics, loading docks, parking garages, Porte Cochere’s, etc.


Preaction Fire Sprinkler Systems

These sprinkler systems are like a blend of wet and dry sprinkler systems. Similar to dry systems, preaction systems have air filled inside of them. However, contrary to dry systems, they are activated when another fire detection event occurs, such as the activation of a smoke detector. Because of this, preaction sprinkler systems are most commonly seen in sensitve areas such as server rooms, library/museum storage areas, laboratories, etc.


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