Since the early days of civilization, man has had a fascination with fire.
After all, what’s not to like about an element that can be used to keep one warm, cook the food and ward away wild animals? Of course, along with this fascination came a healthy respect as mankind recognized that the same heat that could cook a meal and provide warmth was also a destructive force that could level homes, crops and surrounding areas in mere minutes.
Consequently, people began looking for ways to effectively protect themselves against fire and its destructive qualities.
In more recent years, these proactive measures of fire safety have evolved into combining technology with common sense.
For instance, leaving food cooking on the stove is a bad idea, but if it does happen, the smart homeowner has a fire/smoke alarm to let them know something is wrong. In addition, now you can choose to have a sprinkler system in their home as well, adding another level of safety.
While for some time, fire sprinklers were primarily seen in businesses, today many homeowners are opting to have them installed in their residence as well. This is because studies have proven the fire sprinkler to be one of the most effective ways to protect against fire damage. So, why should you have a fire sprinkler system? Consider these 8 reasons:
· The largest number of fires in the UK is in homes-The National Fire Protection Association (NPFA) reports that home fires account for 80% of all fire-related deaths every year.
· Home fires show no distinction between old or new homes-Rather, most home fires are caused due to human error, combined with the flaws and susceptibilities of products in the home. (E.g. not cleaning out the chimney or dryer vent properly)
· A smoke alarm works best as an early warning system but it does not have the capability to put out the fire like a fire sprinkler system has. When these two systems are used together homes and people are best protected.
· Every family should practice regular fire drills- this is to be sure to know how to react quickly and effectively in the event of a fire.
· Fire sprinklers make up for human error better than any other form of fire prevention technology-This is because a fire sprinkler system can immediately respond to a fire while it is still small and can quickly and efficiently control the spreading of heat, flames, and toxic smoke. A sprinkler system provides one with a life-saving cushion for a time-consuming escape.
· A fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Only needing an occasional (about once a year) look to make sure that there is nothing obstructing the sensor or the sprinkler.
· Smoke does not cause a sprinkler system to engage; rather the system will react to high temperatures…typically 135 to 165 degrees F.
· A fire sprinkler system adds to your home’s market value by 69%, and will often lower insurance rates as well.