Shopping centres have a great chance of fire due to the mall building occupancy and transient population. Smoking within the building, unsafe storage of combustible and flammable materials, electrical malfunctions, the open flames, sparks, and hot surfaces in restaurants these are just some of the fire hazards shopping centres face on a daily basis. Due to the diverse population of shopping centres, fire protection and building fire compliance must be kept at its peak performance.

Fire sprinkler systems are widely regarded as the most effective method of controlling fires caused by an extensive range of hazards. Fire sprinkler systems have the ultimate fire detection system, it transmits an alarm and controls the fire. This can make a big difference between a minor accident and a major business shut down.

What is a Fire Sprinkler System?

 

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A fire sprinkler system is a fire suppression system, typical in industrial and commercial buildings, and installed to control and fight fires. It is an active fire protection method, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flowrate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected.

How do fire sprinkler systems work?

 
Fire sprinkler system functions by being automatically activated if, and when, there is an increase in temperature. This is done through a temperature gauge that is constantly working to monitor average temperatures. Whenever the temperature increases, the sprinklers are triggered and water is released. The water, as it is discharged from the sprinklers, drowns out the surrounding fires.

How can fire sprinkler systems benefit your shopping centre?

 


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Fire sprinklers are incredibly beneficial to your shopping centre in many ways that will save you money over time. For starters, losing everything in a fire is a devastating blow to any business. Studies show that 90% of fires that happen in businesses where there is an automatic fire sprinkler system installed and properly maintained, the fires were controlled and caused minimal damage. Yes, there was water damage from the sprinklers. Nevertheless, the cost pales in comparison to what would happen in the instance of an uncontrolled fire rummaging through the shopping centre.

Even when the fire department is just merely a few miles from your shopping centre, a fire can spread with incredible speed. An approved, well-maintained sprinkler system can help slow a fire’s progress until emergency personnel arrives. Fire sprinklers are the best fire protection system available that should be included in your fire safety design. They provide timely action to detect and control any fire in their earliest stages and therefore save lives and property.