Here’s What You Need To Know About A Commercial Fire Sprinkler System
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Although it’s not something most of us want to consider, the truth is that a fire breaking out in our commercial building is always a possibility. Nowadays, with all kinds of wires and power sources in most buildings, it wouldn’t even take much. Fortunately, thanks to a commercial fire sprinkler system, it doesn’t have to take much to put the fire out either, saving lives and property. If your building doesn’t currently have one, here’s what you need to know.

They Limit Property Damage

When a fire breaks out, most people don’t think about property damage. They think about getting to safety as soon as possible. However, when considering a commercial fire sprinkler system, a lot of people do wonder if it’s worth the risk. After all, in the movies, when a sprinkler head goes off, the entire room is wet within seconds.

Fortunately, those incidents are rare—as in, they only happen in the movies. In real life, one of the advantages of a commercial fire sprinkler system is that it limits property damage sometimes by as much as 65%.

That’s because every head actually works on its own. Each contains a glass vile filled with a chemical that expands when heated. The vile works as a sort of stopper, blocking the water supply concealed behind the ceiling. When the heat reaches roughly 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the chemical in the vile breaks it open and water is free to put out the fire.

However, sprinklers in the surrounding area that never experienced the heat don’t do a thing. So the fire is contained and as much property as possible stays untouched by water.

Insurance Companies Love Them

Given that commercial fire sprinkler systems leave property alone as much as possible, it should be no surprise that insurance companies are quite fond of them. We’ll cover costs in a second, but one thing you need to consider when looking at an estimate is how much you will save when an insurance company underwrites your structure and the sprinkler system involved.

Cost

As with any addition to a structure, cost must be considered. Fortunately, when it comes to that commercial fire sprinkler system, safety is actually relatively affordable. If you’re going to install one while in the midst of construction, an entire commercial fire sprinkler system will only run you about $2 a square foot, at most.

If you need to retrofit your existing structure, that estimate may still hold. At most, though, it will cost roughly $7 per square foot. For a high rise building, cut that estimate in half.

Putting a fire sprinkler system in a historic building is where you might have to drop some serious money. That could cost you as much as $10 a square foot. However, when you think about how much damage a fire could do to historic buildings, the investment is an obvious choice. Most of the extra cost is also due to design features that must be maintained. So many historic structures can get a system for far less.

Safer for People

In the face of a fire, most of us would be out the door and a mile away as soon as possible. However, some people may stay back to fight the flames. While this is admirable, it’s also risky for all kinds of reasons. Fortunately, a commercial fire sprinkler system also makes this unnecessary. As they don’t need a person to activate or control them, everyone is free to head for safety and let the sprinklers do their part.

Automatic

Let’s expand on that some more. Your sprinkler system doesn’t need anyone to work it. That also means it’s far less susceptible to human error (the only way a person could trip up a sprinkler system is by shutting the water supply off). Someone could easily mess up using a fire extinguisher or even make matters worse with it. That will never happen with a fire sprinkler system.

As you can see, there’s no reason your commercial property should be going without a sprinkler system. They’re:

• Affordable to install

• Loved by insurance companies

• Safer for people and property

• Activated automatically

So begin looking into installing a commercial fire sprinkler system today and enjoy a safer future.

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