2 Myths About Fire Sprinkler Systems You Shouldn't Believe

Posted on: 16 June 2015


If you don't plan to install a fire sprinkler system in your home because of the things you read online, you may want to reconsider. There are a number of myths about fire sprinkler systems that just aren't true, including how they work and when they come on. In most cases, a sprinkler system is one of your best defenses against home and smoke fires. If you currently only have smoke alarms installed in the home, they may not be enough to protect your family against fire. Here are two things you shouldn't let deter you from protecting your home with a fire sprinkler system.

They Wet Everything

One of the biggest myths about fire sprinkler systems is that they wet and destroy everything once they activate. This isn't true. Fire sprinkler systems only cover the room or area that contains the fire. They also produce enough water to put out the fire, which reduces water damage in your furnishings, electronics and flooring.

If you're still concerned about a fire sprinkler system destroying your items, ask your supplier about systems that use advanced smoke and heat sensors to find and put out fires quickly and efficiently. These types of systems may cost a little more than traditional fire sprinkler systems, but they can ease your mind.

They Activate When Your Burn Food

Contrary to what you see in movies, fire sprinkler systems don't react to everything that produces heat or smoke in the home, including the meat, vegetables and breads you burn in the oven. Heat must reach 155°F to activate your sprinkler system. 

However, you can take steps to reduce the fire hazards in your kitchen by installing a range hood over your stove or adding a ventilation system in your kitchen. Range hoods and ventilation systems draw heat and smoke out of the kitchen through exhaust pipes, which lead to the outdoors. 

Other Things to Consider

If you decide to ignore the myths and want to protect your home with a fire sprinkler system, contact your supplier today. Your supplier can inspect your home to help you choose the best locations to place your sprinklers.

In addition, your supplier may suggest that you install systems in structures placed close to your home, including a garage and greenhouse. The flames of a fire can leave their place of origin and spread to your house very quickly if it's windy outdoors. 

If you need help choosing a fire sprinkler system, contact a local supplier, like Desert Fire Extinguisher Co Inc. Don't let myths prevent you from protecting your building or home.