Even though the idea putting safety first should be a foregone conclusion, this is often not the case. Yes, everyone who gets into the design or building business is concerned about the safety of the occupants of a building, but sometimes solutions are chosen based on convenience, ease of installation, or predetermined preferences instead of what is actually best for the safety of the end user. But doing the bare minimum when it comes to safety is never a good idea. This is perhaps most true regarding fire sprinkler system design. A fire sprinkler system is an often underrated asset to a safety plan for a building. And, in some cases, this can result in serious damage, injury, or even worse. On the other hand, if the right layout detail and calculation of fire sprinkler systems is incorporated into the design of a building, the end product will be safer, have better value, and those who use the building will have a better environment in which to work. Here are some benefits of fire sprinkler systems that can be used to educate clients as to why they should have one installed.
Sprinkler Systems Are Automatic
Nowadays, we take fire alarms of granted. If there is a fire, we will be made aware of it by the alarm system. If we wake up to a piercing noise, we know what it is, and if we hear the unmistakable screech of a fire alarm at work, there’s no mystery as to its source. It’s a small but important thread in the fabric of our lives. The automatic nature of a fire alarm system makes the safety it provides a given. The same could be true of the ability of a building to suppress fire for those who work inside. With a sprinkler system, the safety of those in the building and of the building itself can go from questionable to much more certain. When there is a fire, the system is triggered, it goes off, and the building is saved. Without a sprinkler system, the safety of a building has a question mark after it. There’s a chance the building could be saved but if, and only if, the fire is detected, is detected on time, and if the right professionals are contacted and are able to reach the building in a timely fashion. There are too many variables, and it’s never a good idea to put variables in between people and safety.
With fire suppression software, the effectiveness of a fire sprinkler design is further enhanced. Fire suppression software gives the designer and the occupants the opportunity to custom design how the sprinkler system will react to a potential threat. This, effectively, transforms a sprinkler system from one that is static to one that is “smart.” It can be fine-tuned to match the specific needs of the building, and this level of customization can further improve the safety of the building.
Less Property Damage
As is the case with most emergency situations, timing is everything when it comes to handling a fire. A fire is like a hungry animal that eats increasing amounts of food the bigger it gets. Due to this attribute, fires grow at an exponential rate, not a linear one. Fire sprinkler companies are in the business of killing the fire beast before it gets so big that its appetite cannot be satiated. Automatic fire sprinkler design is able to douse the fire before it gets to a level where it can devour important parts of a building, vital assets held within the building, or both. With fire suppression software, these capabilities are made even more effective and efficient. The areas of your building that are most susceptible to damage can have their sprinklers tuned to provide a more acute response. Fire suppression software therefore allows those with a vested interest in the safety of a building and its assets the ability to make the sprinkler system mimic what they would do in the event of a fire. This is done through the use of fire system CAD details, which give a comprehensive layout of the system and the corresponding areas of the building.
Automated fire sprinkler design can therefore be an invaluable asset in the safety of a building and those inside.