Do Fire Sprinklers Actually Prevent Damages to Businesses? | SERVPRO of East Cobb
A commercial fire is a nightmare that many business owners share, and for good reason. Fires at your business can cause significant amounts of damage in a short amount of time. Not only can they injure or threaten the lives of you and your staff, but they can also leave serious amounts of destruction in their wake—so much so that 60% of businesses never recover.
Many—but not all—businesses are required to have fire sprinklers due to their local codes. Checking for your local codes is a great place to start. Depending on your industry and where your business is located will determine what local regulations you are subjected to, but even if you are not required to have fire sprinklers, it is something we strongly recommend. Below, we will examine why.
How Fire Sprinklers Prevent Damages to Businesses
They Can Stop a Fire Quickly
Fires can spread in as little as two minutes, and this means they have an uncanny ability to cause a large amount of damage in a short amount of time. Once a fire grows past the point where it could be extinguished with a handheld fire extinguisher, it is time for you and your staff to evacuate. But without fire sprinklers, the fire will continue to spread, unchecked, until the fire department arrives. When fire sprinklers kick on, they can quickly stop a fire and thus the destruction.
They Are Highly Unlikely to Malfunction
While you have likely seen movies or TV portrayals of malfunctioning commercial sprinkler systems, they are actually a fairly fail-safe system, meaning there is nearly zero opportunity for them to go off when they are not needed. For this reason, it is estimated that they can prevent nearly 50% of losses when coupled with other fire safety measures at a business.
They Can Save Lives
In spite of efforts to create a fire evacuation plan and fill your business with an adequate number of fire exits, accidents do happen—especially in a scenario as stressful as a workplace fire. If a sprinkler system is installed, it is far less likely that anyone will be injured or killed by the fire, because the water will stop the fire from spreading out of control.
If you have a fire at your business, you can count on our team to help. SERVPRO of East Cobb is here 24/7 to tell you more or to spring into action—contact us todayat (770) 424-0400 Learn more about commercial fire restoration for your business at www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com