Fire Sprinkler Myths & Facts
Myth: The water damage from sprinklers is worse than a fire.
Fact: A sprinkler activates during the early stages of a fire before it grows and spreads. A sprinkler will control or extinguish a fire with a tiny fraction of the water that would be used by fire department hoses. Sprinklers release 8-25 gallons of water per minute compared to 125-250 gallons per minute for each fire hose. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.
Myth: Sprinklers go off accidentally, causing unnecessary water damage.
Fact: Accidental sprinkler discharge is extremely rare. Contrary to television sitcoms, burned toast or cigarette smoke will not trigger sprinkler operation. Each sprinkler works independently and only in response to the heat of a fire. Ninety percent of all fires are controlled with one or two sprinkler heads activated.
Myth: Smoke detectors provide enough protection.
Fact: Smoke detectors provide a warning system, but can do nothing to extinguish a growing fire or protect those physically unable to escape on their own, such as the elderly or small children. Too often, battery operated smoke detectors fail to function because the batteries have been removed.
Myth: Sprinklers are ugly.
Fact: Modern sprinklers are inconspicuous and can be mounted flush with walls and ceilings. With the variety of designs available, sprinklers blend into the interior with ease. Some sprinklers can even be concealed. And, just like regular plumbing, pipes can be hidden behind ceilings or walls