Every year, fire is the reason for many property owners to face major losses. While every fire may not be containable, fire sprinkler systems can do a lot to make sure a structure has an adequate level of protection. Unfortunately, myths about fire sprinklers are prevalent, and they prevent a lot of people from investing in a system that could really be a major line of defense. Take a look at just a few of the most dangerous myths about fire sprinkler systems and the actual facts you should know.
Myth: You don't need a fire sprinkler system if you have a smoke alarm.
Fact: Smoke alarms do nothing to actually stop a fire.
Smoke alarms are definitely important; these small devices can detect smoke almost immediately and alert anyone in the home or building to get out as quickly as possible. However, just a smoke alarm alone does nothing to squash a blaze when it first starts out. In other words, smoke alarms don't do anything to protect the structure; only the people. The fire alarm can automatically kick into action when there are flames detected, which means there is less of a chance of a small fire growing larger and causing a lot of damage or a total loss.
Myth: New structures rarely need fire sprinkler systems.
Fact: All structures can reap the advantages of these systems.
It is true that modern-day structures are designed to be more fire-resistant. You will find everything from flame-retardant insulation to wood treated with fire-protective coatings in a modern structure. Just the same, however, all these implements can only do so much when a fire breaks out. Therefore, a fire sprinkler system is a wise addition regardless of the age of the structure.
Myth: Fire sprinkler systems require a ton of expensive maintenance.
Fact: These systems only need to be tested and visually inspected annually.
Sprinkler systems are far easier to maintain than what most people know. If you have a commercial building, you may have to get the system inspected annually for signs of problems and tested. If you own a residential property, you can learn to test the system on your own relatively easily and it may be good to bring a pro in for an inspection on occasion. Therefore, maintaining these systems is neither something that requires a lot of attention or something that requires a lot of money.
To learn more, contact a fire sprinkler system service in your area.Share