FIRE & BUILDING AUTHORITIES


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When a fire occurs, will every sprinkler in the house activate?

A: No, all fire sprinklers in a sprinkler system do not activate at once. When a fire sprinkler activates, the sprinkler closest to the fire goes off. In 90% of cases, one sprinkler is enough to suppress the fire.

 

Q: Can smoke trigger the sprinkler system?

A: No, burning toast, cigars and other smoke sources will not trigger a fire sprinkler. Fire sprinklers are only activated by extremely high temperatures, and only a truly threatening fire can generate enough heat to activate one.

 

Q: Isn’t there a lot of water damage when a sprinkler system activates?

A: No. A residential fire sprinkler uses only 10-25 gallons of water per minute, and operates early in a fire. A hose used by firefighters flows about 10 times that amount – around 125-250 gallons per minute, which has the potential to cause much greater damage.

 

Q: Can a fire sprinkler go off accidentally?

A: The chances a  fire sprinkler will accidentally discharge due to a manufacturing defect are about 1 in 16 million. Overall, fire sprinkler accidents are less likely and less severe than accidents involving home plumbing systems.

 

Q: Won’t fire sprinklers look out of place in my beautiful new home?

A: Not at all. RAPID RESPONSE sprinklers come in a wide range of colors and styles, ensuring they blend aesthetically with any home décor. Plus, they’re small and unobtrusive.

 

Q: How much can I expect to spend on a RAPID RESPONSE sprinkler system?

A: Installing a fire sprinkler costs about the same as a flooring upgrade, and can save you up to 15% on your homeowner’s insurance premium.

 

Q. Does a home fire sprinkler system require a lot of maintenance?

A: No, after installation, nothing more than a simple once a year system testing is recommended.