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Common Fire Protection Myths Debunked

Protecting your home and business from the ravaging effects of a fire should be an important goal for anyone. However, there are many people that are unsure what this involves, and this can cause them to make critical mistakes when making fire protection plans. By dispelling these following two misconceptions about fire protection, you will be able to make more informed decisions when it comes to mitigating this potentially devastating threat. 

Myth: All Fire Suppression Sprinklers Use Water

While it is true that water is one of the best material for extinguishing most types of fires, some people assume that this is the only option for your fire suppression sprinklers. However, there are times where this is not the best option. 

For example, grease and electrical fires can be made worse by water because it can spread the fire around more quickly. In these instances, a thick foam that denies the fire oxygen is the preferred way of handling the problem. Luckily, it is possible to purchase fire sprinklers that spray this foam when they are activated. In addition to extinguishing a broader type of fire, this foam can almost minimize the amount of water damage that occurs to your home when a fire is extinguished. 

Myth: Fire Sprinklers Are Maintenance Free

Unfortunately, there are many homeowners that are under the impression that there is nothing that needs to be done to these sprinklers once they have been installed. While it is true that these sprinklers do not require much maintenance, there are some critical steps that need to be done to ensure that these sprinklers work when you need them. 

At least once a month, you should make it a point to gently remove any dust that may have accumulated on the sprinklers. As time passes, this dust can become impacted, which can block the foam or water from exiting. By dusting on a monthly basis, you will be removing this dust before this has a chance to happen. Also,you will need to activate the test mode on the sprinklers when you are dusting because this mode will test whether the system will be able to activate during a fire. 

Fire mitigation is a critical component of being a responsible building owner, but it is one topic that is often highly misunderstood by people. This is particularly true when individuals make the mistake of giving credit to some common misconceptions. After you have learned the realities or fire protection engineering, you should be a more informed homeowner when it comes to minimizing the risk of fire damage to your home.