How Does a Standard Response Fire Sprinkler Work?

November 26, 2018 5:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Standard response fire sprinkler heads are the ideal choice for commercial or industrial facilities, including factories and warehouses as well as your more conventional office buildings and high-rises. These sprinkler heads are specifically designed to set off individually to prevent causing water damage when there is not any fire present in that particular area.

These sprinklers do not activate as quickly as other types of sprinklers, such as the quick response sprinklers. They require the heat from a fire to reach a much higher temperature before the liquid found inside the bulb begins to expand, causing the glass to break and water to flow through the sprinkler head. However, just because they take longer than quick response sprinklers doesn’t mean they’re slow—they still react within seconds and are capable of putting out any fire very quickly.

Here is some more information you should know about these fire suppression systems in Longview, TX:

  • Localize the response: The biggest benefit here, obviously, is that you don’t have to worry about everything in your facility getting soaked if the fire is contained within a single small area. Oftentimes the damage done to a facility is caused just as much by the water as by the fire, so limiting where the water actually falls is a good idea that will help to preserve your company’s assets.
  • Functionality: Most sprinkler heads in fire suppression systems feature a small bulb with a bit of colored liquid. This bulb is a sort of plug that prevents water from getting out of the sprinkler. The heat from a fire causes the liquid to rapidly expand inside the bulb. Once the bulb bursts due to the pressure, the water behind it releases. The color inside of the bulb indicates the temperature needed to activate the sprinkler. Orange liquid has the lowest required temperature, while black has the highest. The colors, in order of lowest to highest temperature, are orange, red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black.
  • Fire extinguishers: You should not rely on the sprinkler heads alone to suppress any fires that occur in your building. The exact number of fire extinguishers you are required to have by law varies depending on the hazard level of your facility and the type of layout you have, but as a general rule it’s good to have Class A fire extinguishers within every 75 feet and Class B extinguishers within every 50 feet of each other.
  • Maintenance: Have a sprinkler system professional inspect your system at least once a year to ensure it is in good working order. This helps you catch any potential issues ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with a non-functional system when you truly need it. It’s also a good idea to test your system once a month by opening up the test valve and waiting for an alarm bell to sound.

For more information about fire suppression systems in Longview, TX, contact Anchor Safety Inc. today. We look forward to working with you to ensure the safety and security of your space!

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