Fires are no joke. They can virtually happen at any time and the damage to life and property in the instance that they occur, and we are not sufficiently prepared, can be absolutely devastating. As such, it is imperative that you have all the standard safety and security tools and features in place at your place of business. Doing so protects you the business owner, your employees, and your bottom-line. Such safety and security features include having both working Fire Extinguishers that are up to code (as outlined in the Australian Standard AS1851) and working Fire Sprinkler Systems that are up to code (as outlined in Australian Standards AS2118) in place.
Let's take a closer look at Fire Sprinkler Systems, how they can affect your business, and what the AS2118 code requires.
A Fire Sprinkler System is a Fire Suppression System, common in industrial and commercial buildings, and installed to suppress and combat fires with water.
A Fire Sprinkler System works by being automatically activated if, and when, there is an increase in temperature. This is done through a temperature gauge that is constantly working to monitor average temperatures. Whenever the temperature increases, the Sprinklers are activated, and water is released. The water, as it is released from the Sprinklers, drowns out the surrounding fires.
The Fire Sprinkler Systems are effective due in large part to their simple design. The Sprinkler System's water attachment is attached to a water pump and piping system. The Sprinkler's piping system is installed into the ceiling of the building (the part between the ceiling and roof that is invisible to the naked eye while standing in the room) and the water-spraying fixture being visible from inside the room.
As stated prior, installing, and maintaining your business' Fire Sprinkler System is of utmost importance. Now that you know what Fire Sprinkler Systems are and how they can affect your business, the next step is having them professionally installed and maintained at your place of business. You can opt to install the most commonly used Fire Sprinkler System option, known as the Wet-Fire-Water System. It is easy to install, with installation taking only a couple of days to weeks under a registered and highly experienced professional. By utilising this option, you can minimise downtime in your business while making your workplace safer for yourself and your employees.
It is just as important to have your Fire Sprinkler Systems properly maintained as it is to have them properly installed. Again, hiring the trained and certified professional for fire equipment maintenance is the way to go.