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How Fire Sprinklers Work

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Hello Lake!

It’s one of the Digital Marketing Support Coordinators, Jacob, here to talk about something I learned while attending Michele Presley’s CE Class. I will talk about how fire sprinklers work and how they turn on during this blog. During Michele’s class, Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration, I was FLAPERGASTED about all the new information I learned! 

Did you know that it’s not smoke that sets off a fire sprinkler system; in fact, it’s the heat from the fire? I know I might sound young and naive, but I thought smoke set the system off. If you can imagine, this class taught me A LOT! 

How A Fire Sprinkler Gets Set-Off

  1. A fire starts for whatever reason it may be, which causes the air above it to heat up immediately. 
  2. Science taught us that hot air rises as cold air sinks, and as the fire grows, it causes more heat to rise to the ceiling. 
  3. When the fire reaches 155 to 165?, it causes the liquid-filled glass bulb to burst, or in some systems, a metal link melts, which sets off the sprinkler. 

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