Now that National Fire Prevention Safety Month has arrived, our renowned, residential and commercial plumbing NYC experts wanted to talk briefly about fire sprinkler systems. Fire safety prevention sprinklers have been in existence since the 1800’s. These fire safety systems could have potentially saved lives during the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that took place in Manhattan. In fact, the laws requiring these systems are a direct result of the tragic loss of human life that day. However, the benefits involved in having these fire prevention systems are directly related to their being installed properly and to code.
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research, it is not uncommon for temperatures inside of a burning building to reach 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit. Human skin, by comparison, may sustain damage at temperatures as low as 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Protective clothing, on the other hand, tends to degrade at around 570 degrees Fahrenheit. With those fire safety facts in mind, it’s easy to see that industrial or residential fire conditions can make things extremely difficult for New York City’s brave firefighters to do their jobs.
Fire sprinkler systems turn on automatically once temperatures in the room reach approximately 155 degrees Fahrenheit. When they do turn on, the heat, flames and carbon monoxide inside of the building starts to dissipate. Consequently, the environment inside of the building quickly becomes safer for firefighters and anyone else that may be present. In addition, the sprinkler systems help cut down on the amount of overall damage to the property and its inanimate contents. As such, insurance companies tend to reward property owners who have the systems professionally installed to code and maintained with significant insurance premium discounts.
Our experts in plumbing NYC provide fire sprinkler system services to businesses and residences throughout the metro area. To learn more about National Fire Prevention Safety Month and our fire sprinkler related services, please contact Kew Forest Plumbing today.