Fire safety is a top priority for commercial building owners and business managers. A fire in any business facility leads to property damage and has the potential to cause injury or fatality. If the cost property repair after a fire is high, it could put a company out of business. For this reason, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) implements guidelines to ensure that commercial or industrial sprinkler systems adequately extinguish any fire inside a building (or outside if applicable).
Why Use a Sprinkler System?
We design sprinkler systems to contain a fire or explosion in critical areas in the building. Although some facilities may require a sprinkler network throughout the entire structure, other buildings may need it in specified areas where the threat of flame is high. Regardless of where we install the equipment, the reason sprinklers are necessary is because they can extinguish fire faster than any other means.
Although it is possible to put out a fire manually, most employees either lack the training, equipment, or access to fires. Thus, they can do more damage in a shorter amount of time. A sprinkler system, however, comes on instantly and pours gallons of water over both the fire and the area around the fire to keep it from spreading.
Fire Sprinkler Requirements for Buildings
Since fire sprinklers are vital for putting out a fire efficiently, they have to work when you depend on them the most. The NFPA 13 standards are set in place to ensure that each system operates as needed and can produce enough water promptly to extinguish a fire instantly before it has a chance to spread. Some of the standards are listed below:
● Automatic systems must be installed in all commercial buildings with an area of more than 5,000 square feet.
● Buildings more than 55 feet high must contain a sprinkler system that we install throughout the building.
● All systems must have enough pressure to disperse water adequately throughout the entire network. If a system is non-pressurized, we can fit it with a pump to meet regulations.
● Valves must be accessible and easy to use. We install valves so that they protected in stairwells and other areas of the building.
Fire Sprinklers Design in Minneapolis and St. Paul
LKPB installs and repairs sprinklers systems for commercial and industrial properties in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. We offer custom fire sprinkler design to protect any building you have. To set up an initial consultation, contact us at 612-540-5000, or you can message us on our contact page.