Aside from the odd fire drill, a lot of us simply don’t think about fire safety. We don’t think about how important it is to have a functioning fire prevention plan for our business or how devastating a fire could actually be. Too often we think that it’s something that won’t happen to us. The truth is, as a business owner you are responsible for not only your business, but also for the safety of all your employees. Having a fire sprinkler system in Surrey is an important part of ensuring their safety and protecting your business.
Fire sprinkler systems and fire suppression systems are known to reduce property damage. The right system will protect your office equipment and potentially sensitive data from being destroyed in the event of a fire. Sprinkler systems are also an affordable solution to install and maintain and having one will provide your employees with peace of mind.
Most fire sprinkler systems in Surrey only require annual maintenance. This means that once a year a professional fire protection service will come and assess the functionality and condition of the system to ensure it is safe and ready for use. Systems that are well maintained can last up to 20 years before needing major repairs, upgrades or replacement.
One of the most important reasons to have a fire sprinkler system in Surrey is because they save lives. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the highest record of deaths in a building with a functioning sprinkler system is two. Sprinkler systems immediately alert people of fire emergencies and help them exit the building. It is much harder to ignore a sprinkler system than just a fire alarm.
In fact, fire sprinkler systems are such an integral part of a complete fire prevention and protection system that they have been mandated under the BC Building Code for all newly constructed public buildings in BC since the early 1970’s.
There are many different types of fire sprinkler systems, but the four basic types include wet systems, dry systems, deluge systems and pre-action systems. The right system depends on a number of different factors. Things to take into consideration include the type of building, the default temperature of the building, the operational use of the building and BC Fire Code and NFPA regulations.
At the end of the day, the right fire sprinkler system will be invaluable in protecting your business and employees from a fire.