A number of natural or man-made hazards might threaten to damage or even destroy a modern building. Near fault lines such as California’s San Andreas fault, earthquakes may rattle buildings on their foundations and rupture gas mains. In the Midwest, powerful tornadoes and their wind-blown debris may smash into buildings, and something similar may happen (in addition to flooding) when hurricanes strike the east coast. But no matter what the region or local weather, modern buildings always face the potential for fire. An uncontrolled fire can cause extensive property damage, threaten lives, and possibly even destroy the entire building. This is unacceptable, so modern fire sprinkler companies use advanced fire suppression software to design ever-improving fire sprinkler design. Such fire suppression software will work with modern safety codes and standards for fire suppression, and engineers may use this fire suppression software to develop more efficient arrangements for fire sprinklers than ever. On top of that, fire suppression software may also engineer more effective fire alarms, which are certainly as important as the sprinklers.
A physical line of defense against destructive fires in a building is its network of fire sprinklers. These are metal heads on the ceiling that may spray water in a 360 arc, quickly dousing any flames and embers in the area. The water may also make many surfaces too damp for a new fire to start. These sprinkler heads are connected to wires and the fire detection system so they “know” when to activate, since they are usually automated. These sprinklers will also have pipes carrying their water for a constant supply. It may also be noted that sprinkler systems will only activated the heads in an area containing flames, and leave the rest inactive. This can save a lot of water and prevent extensive and unnecessary water damage.
Fire sprinklers should be arranged so that no matter where a fire starts, there is at least one sprinkler head that can activate and douse it with water. There should be no blind spots in the arrangement, and fire sprinkler contractors will ensure that all areas are covered. But fire sprinkler heads might sometimes fail or go faulty, so a building manager may want to regularly hire inspectors who will look over the entire system and check for faults. Any defective sprinkler heads, pipes, wires, or other hardware should be repaired or replaced at once when the right contractors are hired for the job. This ensures that a building will stay current with fire protection codes and regulations. And of course, when an entrepreneur purchases an older building for commercial use, all of that building’s hardware should be checked and looked over for any faults, including the fire sprinklers. In fact, new sprinkler heads might be added to cover areas that were previously uncovered by sprinklers. Test runs might even be done.
Installing Fire Alarms
Fire sprinkler designers are not the only ones who engineer modern anti-fire methods. When a fire starts in a building, it is essential that all people inside are alerted to the danger so that they can evacuate. This is the job of fire alarms, which will be connected to fire detectors. These alarms also send alerts to nearby fire stations automatically, so that fire fighters may arrive right away. Meanwhile, inside the building, these fire alarms are small modules found mounted on walls, close to the ceiling.
When heat or smoke is detected, these alarms will all activate throughout the building, not just in the affected area. Such alarms should be numerous enough, and spaced correctly, so that a person can hear them no matter where they are. A person may find themselves trapped in a burning building if they never heard the alarm. These alarms, when activated, give off a loud, distinctive sound that repeats for some time, alerting everyone to the danger. For the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing, these alarms typically have flashing lights on them as well. Such lights might be visible even through smoke, as they make use of powerful and high-lumen light bulbs. Regular inspections should be done to ensure that all fire alarms are connected to the system and ready to activate if need be.