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Posted - 01/31/2018 :  8:49:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is it necessary to have fire sprinklers in our homes? What do you think about it? Studies show that most of the fire deaths in our homes occur mostly at night mainly because of the fire that arises from the kitchen. I think it's high time to take it seriously. The main advantage of sprinklers is that it reduces the risk of fire attack. It can extinguish the fire and protect your surrounding rooms from fire, heat and smoke damage. Nowadays, most of the houses install fire alarm security systems as it can alert the homeowners before the fire damages the whole property. So...what are your views on it?

Norbert Jon

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Posted - 02/01/2018 :  08:28:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This idea is nothing new. It was debated in the early 1970s when smoke detectors, ionization and photoelectric, began to be installed in homes and eventually became mandatory.
There are several drawbacks to sprinkler systems, keeping them away from the mainstream fire protection of homes. First, most home fires' related casualties have been the result of asphyxiation. Fires may be smoldering for a long time, killing people, before erupting into open flames. Sprinklers won't detect smoldering fires. They are triggered by their internal temperature sensors, generally set to 135*F (57*C), which may already be too late, especially in our North American wooden structures.
Adding sprinklers to a home may enhance fire security, but strategically placed smoke detectors should alert the inhabitants in time to deal with a fire at its initial stage.
Retrofitting sprinklers in a home may be quite costly. Because of the cost, builders are not likely to install sprinkler systems in new homes unless required by the customer or legislated. Smoke detectors provide early warning, so sprinklers effectiveness in homes in terms of saving lives may be questionable, not counting the considerable water damage they can cause.

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