According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), fires, and the deaths, injuries, and financial loss that result from them have been substantially declining in recent years. But the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a charitable organization formed to increase consumer awareness of residential sprinkler systems, reports eight out of 10 deaths from fire happen in the home. They also state that by pairing fire alarms with a sprinkler system, you can reduce your risk of death from a house fire by 82 percent. Here is the information you need to make this potentially life-saving investment for your family. 

How Do Sprinklers Work?

In residential sprinkler systems, a system of pipes is strategically placed behind the walls and in the ceilings. Individual sprinkler heads are then fitted accordingly. The pipes are filled with water and remain under constant pressure, with the sprinkler heads standing guard.

In the event of a fire, hot air rises. When the air reaches a certain temperature, the sprinkler will activate, dispersing high-pressured water over the flames. Most of the time, it is sufficient to put the fire out entirely, but worst-case scenario, it keeps the fire and smoke at a minimum while you wait for the fire department to arrive rather than it continuing to spread out-of-control.

How Many Sprinklers Go Off At Once?

A common and persistent myth is that if you have a fire, all of the sprinklers will be activated, resulting in a big, watery mess. This is not the case. Most of the time, only one sprinkler is activated by its temperature sensor; just the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate.

Will Smoke Trigger The Sprinkler System?

While a burnt piece of toast may be enough to trigger the sensors on your smoke detector, it isn't enough for a sprinkler. The sprinkler system only works when the air temperature reaches a certain point from the intense heat produced by a fire.

Can The Sprinklers Go Off Accidentally?

It is highly unlikely that your home fire sprinkler system will malfunction, and the damage would likely be less mess than other home plumbing problems, like an overflowing toilet. In addition to your home's main water shut-off valve, there are different shut-off tools and stop-valves used by sprinkler manufacturers as a backup plan.

How Are Sprinklers Installed?

It is easiest to install a sprinkler system during a new construction project. However, they can be retrofit into an existing structure during a renovation. If you have an older home and won't be planning a remodel anytime soon, you can still feel a peace of mind by getting a fire pump and hose security system. These gas-powered engines offer a high-pressure water pump and hose on a portable cart, allowing you to manually defend your property while you wait for the professionals to arrive.

For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company.