The first fire/sprinkler system was invented in 1874, by a piano maker named Henry S. Parmalee. Henry owned a piano factory and wanted a practical fire suppression system. Later, in the 1940s and 1950s, sprinkler systems were installed to protect warehouses and factories.
The idea that sprinkler systems could also provide life safety came about when people noticed that factories equipped with automatic sprinklers had excellent life safety records compared to buildings without sprinklers.
In recent years, building codes have progressively called for sprinklers for life safety, especially in hospitals, schools, hotels and other public buildings.
How can you be sure a fire/sprinkler system will operate when you need it?
Supervision of sprinkler systems to monitor valves and water flow is the best way to assure system reliability and effectiveness.
Additionally, annual inspections are required by law to include: a) the sprinkler system b) the early warning fire detection system and c) the UL certified monitoring system (links to our central station).
You can count on PSI to provide you with one-step hassle-free inspection for all three fire/sprinkler system components.
At PSI, we make setting up your annual sprinkler system inspection a breeze. No need to make a phone call, we’ll phone you.
Here’s what PSI will do for you:
- Coordinate the inspection of your control panel and fire/sprinkler system
- A PSI professional along with a certified contractor will come and perform both inspections at once
- Complete all the necessary safety forms and documentation
- Provide a single invoice that covers everything
Interesting information about sprinkler systems
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) tells us that from 1983-1987, hotels equipped with sprinklers averaged 78% less damage from fire than hotels without sprinklers.
The NFPA goes on to say that the average loss per fire in buildings with sprinklers was $2,300, compared to average losses of $10,300 in buildings without sprinklers.
More importantly, the NFPA states that there is no record of a fatality in a sprinkler protected building outside the point of fire origin.
What does all that mean in plain English? It means that sprinkler systems stop fires from spreading. Just think what that could mean when it comes to protecting people and investments.
What about accidental triggering of a sprinkler system?
A UL certified control panel with an early warning monitoring system acts as an effective safeguard against accidental triggering. PSI’s monitoring service is your insurance against possible water damage.
Commercial fire/sprinkler systems and commercial property damage
No doubt, commercial fire/sprinkler systems have been proven to save lives. But, what happens after the fire is out? Don’t they cause a lot of water damage?
The truth is sprinkler activation causes far less overall damage than a fire department hose. A fire department hose discharges around 250 gallons of water per minute while a sprinkler releases about 23 gallons per minute.
Is your commercial fire/sprinkler system due for inspection? PSI will manage all the details and monitor your system. Get the details today. Give us a call or fill out our convenient contact form.