Why Fire Protection Systems?
Whether you are building a new facility or are renovating an existing one, it is important that these facilities incorporate efficient fire protection systems. Fire protection systems are used to detect, contain, and extinguish any fire that may happen to break out within that facility. These fire protection systems have become more complex over the years, and these days you will normally need a fire protection engineer to help design the system itself. In general, there are four sources of fire that the engineer should have expertise in: natural fires, man-made fires, wildfires, and other incidental occurrences. The engineer needs to consider all of these possibilities of fire in relation to factors such as the layout of the building, the location of the building, and the building’s components. The work of a fire protection engineer may end up going above and beyond any code compliance since these codes will vary from region to region. But these fire protection systems are intended to not only save your facility in the case of an outbreak of fire, thus saving you money in damages, but are also intended to maintain business continuity during a small fire, and potentially save the lives of people inside the facility in the case of a large fire. Thus, although these modern-day fire protection systems may or may not be required by your local compliance code, they nevertheless are highly recommended for cost-effective, business, and safety reasons.
Fire Protection System Design
The design of a fire protection system will normally have three components: a fire detection system, a fire alarm system, and a fire suppression system. Let us take a quick look at each of these components. The first component is the detection system. There are two types of detection systems used these days: either a smoke detection system or a heat detecting system. These systems are able to detect that a fire has broken out within the facility due to the presence of fire smoke or extreme heat given off by the fire. These detection systems then trigger the alarm system, notifying occupants of the presence of fire. Alarm systems are advanced these days, and you may be surprised to hear that these systems not only notify the occupants within the building of a fire by way of speakers or bells, but they also alert police and fireman directly through a link to those public responders. Indeed, these systems can also automatically take a snapshot of the floor plan where the fire broke out so that police and fireman will be well informed on arrival. Finally, the most common fire suppression system is the traditional water-based sprinkler system. Normally, these sprinkler systems are designed in such a way that each sprinkler has a sensor that can read heat, and when a fire is present, the heat will automatically set off that sprinkler. Therefore, wherever the fire might be, it will be targeted by the sprinklers most nearby – saving the rest of the facility from water damage. These sprinkler systems are a must, for recent studies have shown that these systems greatly reduce the total damage a fire causes within the facility.
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