Automatic Sprinkler System Characteristics
Automatic sprinklers are among the most effective fire protection measures for buildings. They extinguish most fires before they spread, making buildings safer for occupants while protecting property. Due to their reliability, fire sprinklers also make buildings eligible for better insurance plans with lower premiums. However, a sprinkler system must be well designed to offer reliability, meeting building codes and NFPA standards. The system should also have an optimal layout, since having more sprinkler heads than necessary is a waste of capital.
Ideally, an automatic sprinkler system should have the following characteristics:
- Offering full coverage for your building.
- Meeting local building codes, NFPA standards, and all applicable regulations.
- Using the smallest number of sprinkler heads that meets the two points above, and distributing water with the shortest piping length possible.
The best recommendation to meet these conditions is getting a professional design from qualified fire protection engineers. This ensures that fire sprinkler plans and all other specifications are code compliant and clear for contractors. Professional design services also help you find a sprinkler layout that offers reliable protection at an optimal cost.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), buildings with automatic sprinklers get an average discount of 7% in their insurance plans. However, insurance discounts of up to 50% have been achieved in some projects.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition found that fire incidents cause an average damage of $45,019 in households without sprinklers. However, this is reduced to only $2,166 when an automatic sprinkler system is present.