Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Difference Between Quick and Standard Response Fire Sprinkler Heads

When it comes to fire suppression systems, sprinkler systems are quite common. However, many businesses and buildings who choose to invest in a sprinkler system are unaware that there are different types of sprinkler heads. Although it may seem like a minor detail, varying sprinkler heads serve specific purposes, meaning that different buildings require different sprinkler heads.

Choosing the right type of fire sprinkler heads can make a big difference in your fire protection plan, as their purposes are distinct in what type of fire-related hazard they extinguish. These sprinkler heads are available in two basic types: standard response fire sprinkler heads, and quick response fire sprinkler heads.

What is a Standard Response Fire Sprinkler Head?

A standard response fire sprinkler head works to moisten and cool the area surrounding a fire-related emergency. As the sprinkler heat wets and cools the area, the fire is prevented from spreading. Although this type of sprinkler head only suppresses the source of the fire to slow how quickly flames spread, the fire’s fuel is eventually eliminated, extinguishing the fire.

Standard response fire sprinkler heads are designed for precision, with only the sprinkler heads that are directly above a fire activated during an emergency. This individual activation means that standard response sprinkler heads best service industrial or commercial buildings, as they will not damage items that are far away from the source of the fire.

What is a Quick Response Fire Sprinkler Head?

A quick response fire sprinkler head cools the ceiling, preventing fire from rising high and spreading faster. This works because water from the sprinkler heads are discharged from higher up so that individuals stuck inside have an increased chance of survival with flashover fires being deterred.

Quick responsefire sprinkler heads are commonly found in buildings where there are lots of people at any given time, including large office buildings, schools, and health care facilities.

The Differences Between Sprinkler Heads and Why They’re Important

The most prevalent difference between standard response and quick response fire sprinkler heads is the temperature at which they’re activated. As they are more sensitive, quick response heads have a faster activation time than standard response fire sprinkler heads.

Physically, the two types of sprinkler heads look quite similar. However, quick response heads have a slightly smaller bulb than standard response sprinklers. The smaller bulb means that the quick response head is more responsive to temperature, providing it with it’s quick activation time.

Although faster response times may make more sense in certain environments (like high-density environments), they may not always be suited for a building. Factors like ceiling high, the size of the area, and ambient year-round temperature may make a building better suited for a standard response fire sprinkler head.

For all of your fire safety needs, the fire suppression professionals at Bison Fire Protection work hard to keep your commercial building safe. For more information on how we can help you protect your commercial or residential property in Winnipeg, Brandon, Kenora, Regina, Thompson, and Saskatoon,  contact us online or call 866-441-3473 today.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:24 PM


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