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Sprinkler Facts & Myths

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Automatic sprinkler systems have enjoyed an enviable record of protecting life and property for over 150 years.

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Sprinklers reduce injuries by at least 80%, reduce property damage by 90% and substantially reduce damage to the environment from fire.

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More than 70 million sprinkler heads are installed worldwide each year …

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… yet the UK lags far behind the rest of the world with only 1.8 million sprinklers installed in 2003

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Fire sprinklers are widely recognised as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages.

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Sprinklers protect the lives of firefighters and are fully supported by fire services.

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The installation of fire sprinklers could virtually eliminate fire deaths.

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When there is a fire all the sprinkler heads go off at once. 
Wrong. Each head is independent and only the head(s) adjacent to the fire go off.

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Water damage is as bad as the fire damage.
Wrong. A Typical sprinkler discharges 55 litres per minute. A firefighting hose discharges over 600 litres per minute.

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Sprinklers can go off accidentally.
Wrong. Records show that the chance of an accidental discharge from a sprinkler is in the region of 16 million to one.

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Sprinkler Systems are expensive.
 Wrong. It is estimated that the costs of a sprinkler system can be recovered over a period of about 10 years. This is achieved through reduced insurance premiums and in larger organisations through less disruption to business continuity when a fire occurs.

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A smoke detector provides enough protection. 
Fact: Smoke detectors save lives by providing a warning system but can do nothing to extinguish a growing fire or protect those physically unable to escape on their own. Too often, battery operated smoke detectors fail to function because the batteries are dead or have been removed.

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I have smoke alarms so I don’t need fire sprinklers. Fact: Smoke alarms are essential in every home. But they can only detect a fire. Fire sprinklers detect the fire and automatically control it, saving lives and property.

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