How Do Fire Sprinkler Systems Work?

fire-sprinkler-systemYou’ve probably seen a movie or television show that commonly contains an urban legend when it comes to a fire sprinkler system. A fire breaks out in a building and all of the sprinklers go off at the same time, ruining people’s personal items and company property with water damage, when really the fire was only in one part of the building. This is completely false, as a sprinkler system does not operate in this way, and was probably added into these stories for dramatic effect. So you may be asking; how do fire sprinkler systems actually work? Here is a step by step guide on how sprinklers eradicate a fire quickly and effectively.

As an example, let’s say a fire breaks out in your Manager’s office. One of the wall cables has malfunctioned and started a fire. The smoke and heat will rise and eventually hit the sprinkler head, heating it up. The trigger mechanism is heated to the required temperature, and this effectively signals the sprinkler directly above the flames to do its job. Usually only one sprinkler is activated to extinguish the flame, but sometimes the nearest sprinkler is also activated, and these are all that is needed to contain the fire. If you have any questions on sprinkler systems or which system is right for you, contact us at contact@fireguardllc.net or browse our website to find out more.