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Sprinkler systems have been around since the 19th century, when a building fire could easily be catastrophic. However, buildings have come a long way with modern design and safer building materials, as well as fire safety services like sprinklers and alarms. While a lot of modern buildings are constructed with fire-retardant materials, there is no doubt that they are all equipped with some kind of sprinkler system. In fact, current codes require sprinkler system installation in new buildings as well as renovations.

Heat, Not Smoke Activated

Contrary to popular belief, sprinkler systems are not activated by smoke: only smoke detectors and some fire alarms are smoke activated. Sprinkler systems are heat activated and some systems are designed to activate in sections. Water only flows in the part of your building that the heat is detected, not the entire building. This way, the sprinkler system does its job of protecting the building, and people, from a fire while minimizing water damage.

Notify First Responders

Since a fire can occur any time due to electrical shortages, or a spark from machinery in a warehouse, etc. There may or may not be anyone around to call 101 if it occurs after hours, or there may not be time due to the nature of the fire to call for help or evacuate properly. Some sprinkler systems are directly linked to a fire and safety service and  notifies first responders that there is an emergency at that location, ensuring a quick and potentially life-saving response time.

Sprinkler systems work best in tandem with a full range of fire and safety services, including fire alarms, smoke detectors, and the ability to notify emergency services. Especially if you have a building that is vacant for long periods, or if you have combustible or flammable equipment at your workplace, it’s wise to consider all aspects of a fire safety system.


Feel free to  contact HSP System. We offer commercial and industrial fire protection solutions for businesses, including early warning detection systems. Visit our website today to browse our services by industry or by type of life safety system technology required. Feel free to call us at +917533009191

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States in India having a variety of different characteristics that set them apart from one another. From size to population, each area has their own specific needs when it comes to their water systems. Fire hydrants are classified into two types that are completely different. Here is what you need to know so that you can pick the right fire hydrant system.

Wet Barrel Hydrants

This type of hydrant has a very sturdy design, so it can last for more than 100 years. Its mechanical parts are above ground. Because of this, there is a main valve attached to prevent any debris from entering the hydrant. Since the parts are on the outside, the outlet valves and nozzles are easy to access. They also work independently so that firefighters can add more discharge lines without any problems. The downside to having everything above-ground is that the parts are susceptible to being frosted over. 

Dry Barrel Hydrants

The water line for dry barrel fire hydrants sit underground and the main valve is at the hydrant’s base. When the valve is opened, the barrel fills up and water can be pumped through a hose that firefighters hook up to it. The barrel drains once the valve is closed so no water stays inside of the hydrant, preventing any possible freezing. While there is one universal wet barrel hydrant, there are three types of dry barrel hydrants.

Compression

All hydrants have a seat located at the base of it to help operate the valve’s movement. For this type, a vertical stem is used to open the main valve. It moves against a seat that is put at the base of the fire hydrant. The valve moves against the seat to close and away from it to open. This type utilizes pressure to operate the valve

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This style moves horizontally against or away from the seat. A vertical stem with two arms is rotated to move the actual valve, opening and closing it with a rotating movement, similar to how you would use your hands to twist something open.

Slide-Gate

This one is different from the other two because the stem is threaded rather than vertical. The main valve has a gate that moves up and down by the threading of the stem. The gate is pushed against the seat with a wedging mechanism to allow it to push the valve open.

If your inspections above reveal any shortcomings, contact HSP System. We offer commercial and industrial fire protection solutions for businesses, including early warning detection systems. Visit our website today to browse our services by industry or by type of life safety system technology required. Feel free to call us at +917533009191

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We recommend that you leave the major equipment inspections to qualified professionals, but there are things you can do to make and keep your building safe in between those inspections. These are simple measures you can take to make your facility safer for you and your employees.

1. Stage periodic fire drills.

Review the emergency exit strategy with your employees. Rehearsing what needs to happen during a fire emergency is the best way to ensure that all employees egress safely and can be accounted for should an actual fire occur. Have a designated gathering spot(s) outside the building and take roll to ensure all have exited the building.

2. Fire extinguishers.

Are they in place and secure in a bracket or hanger? Are they charged; is the arrow in the green zone on the gauge? Are they accessible in an emergency; not blocked or hidden behind doors?

3. Are all exit signs and emergency lights in place and functioning properly?


4. Remove obstructions from all exits and paths of egress.


5. Make sure fire and exit doors completely close and latch.

They should also be kept closed but never chained or key-locked. All fire exit doors should be equipped with panic-bar hardware to allow for ease of opening in an emergency.

6. Sprinkler head clearance should be at least 18 inches.

There should not be anything stored, stacked, or installed within 18 inches of a sprinkler head from any direction.

7. Inspect electrical circuits and installations periodically.

Circuits and outlets should be monitored to make sure they are not being overloaded. Only a licensed electrician should attempt to fix any frayed wires or other electrical problems.

8. Flammable materials.

Make sure any chemicals are in their proper containers and safely stored. Any flammable waste should be properly disposed of.

9. Are all of the areas in your building designed and authorized for their given purposes?

This includes labs, kitchens, storage rooms, etc., all of which need fire protection systems specifically designed for their unique environments.

10. Make sure emergency exit plans are posted on every floor and are current.

If your building has undergone any renovations, the emergency evacuation plans throughout the entire building need to be updated to incorporate the changes to the floor plan.


If your inspections above reveal any shortcomings, contact HSP System. We offer commercial and industrial fire protection solutions for businesses, including early warning detection systems. Visit our website today to browse our services by industry or by type of life safety system technology required. Feel free to call us at +917533009191

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