Many condo owners have expressed concern on the hot topic of sprinkler systems in their housing units: “Will it cause water damage? How easily are they set off? Are they set off by smoke detector alarms? If my neighbor’s goes off, will mine go off also? What if I accidentally set it off, will it set off everyone else’s in the building?” We want to show you how important having a sprinkler system is and why there is no reason for concern.
This is typically only relevant in newer condominium buildings, but it tends to stay a strong topic of concern for many new tenants. Fire sprinkler systems save lives and should be a part of any housing unit.
We have written this article with the intention to put your mind at ease when it comes to sprinkler systems and their technicalities in your condo building. Fire sprinkler systems are meant to be a source of protection and safety, not concern, and we intend to prove that to you with facts, statistics, and our expert opinion.
The Sprinkler Systems Will Only Go Off If It Is Hot Enough Below.
The fire below the sprinkler system would have to be hot enough to melt a lead or wax block that is holding the valve closed. There is a possibility the system could be set off if the mover were to hit it with an armoire or something similar, but this is not an easy task and should not be of concern. Sprinkler systems are also individually activated, so there is no need to worry that if your neighbor burns their popcorn, your sprinkler would go off as well, it won’t.
The Insurance Company Sends For Clean Up Immediately.
Many new housing tenants worry that sprinkler systems being set off will cause significant water damage to their unit, although this is a valid concern, insurance companies guarantee that a clean up crew will be on site as soon as possible to minimize any damages that may have occurred during the system being turned on. The fact of the matter is, the water damage from a sprinkler system will be much less severe than the damage from a fire hose or smoke and fire damage.
Smoke Detectors Are Enough.
Yes, smoke detectors in your home are extremely important, but they are not enough for complete safety from a fire. Detectors simply offer an early warning, but they do not offer any help to assist the situation like a sprinkler system does to protect those that cannot escape as easily. Smoke detectors are also subject to error – the batteries could go dead or the system itself is out of date and will not perform effectively. Sprinklers offer a peace of mind that smoke detectors cannot, end of story.
Minimize Your Fire Risk.
Even with sprinkler systems and fire detectors, the risk of a fire is always a possibility. It is important to have a plan in place to minimize any risks that may occur. Keep any flammable items away from your space heaters, stoves or fireplaces. Ensure you are checking your cords regularly and replacing any that are frayed or worn out. Have an escape plan in place that everyone in the unit knows and understand. Check the batteries in your fire detector regularly and ensure the sprinkler system is up to date.
Sprinkler Systems Are Meant To Save Lives.
Though your worries are completely valid, we want to make sure you know that sprinkler systems are meant to protect you, not to be a cause for concern. According to statistics, “property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers.” Fire safety is not one to take likely and sprinkler systems save lives, they are definitely nothing to be afraid of.