Fire protection systems are not as new as one might think, but they have come a long way since their invention in the 15th century by Leonardo da Vinci.
We can give credit to Ambrose Godfrey for creating the first successful automated sprinkler system in 1723. Architect William Congreve installed the world’s first modern recognisable sprinkler system in the Theater Royale, Drury Lane in the United Kingdom in 1812. Until the 1940s sprinkler systems were almost exclusively for the protection od commercial buildings. This has changed over the years to include hospitals, schools, hotels, etc. With such wide spread use, the sprinkler system has evolved to include many types based on the needs of the person requiring the installation.
Let’s have a look at the 4 most common fire protection systems.
Daluge Fire Protection System
The deluge sprinkler system is commonly used in factories that house flammable liquids. During an emergency the valve of the deluge system opens up and water is discharged to the piping system which in turn sprays the water covering the whole area.
Wet-Pipe Fire Protection System
The wet-pipe sprinkler system is one of the most commonly used indoor fire protection systems. The sprinkler system in one that is very simple to maintain, and it is quite reliable. It stores the water under pressure directly in the pipes. As soon as the sprinkler heads detect heat, they release the stored water immediately.
Dry-Pipe Fire Protection System
The dry pipe sprinkler has a similar design to the wet pipe sprinkler system, apart from the fact that the water is not stored within the pipes themselves. A valve is held in a closed position and will not allow the water to entre the pipes until the moment the heat causes the sprinkler to activate.
Pre-Action Fire Protection System
The pre-action fire protection system is filled with air and it requires two trigger mechanisms in order to activate. This is to prevent accidental or unnecessary activation in the case of a false alarm. Once the pre-action fire protection system is activated, this allows the water to pass through and sprinkle the area where the potentially hazardous fire was detected.
Knowing which fire protection system is best suited for your business will help you to better protect your business assets. Contact Amakosi Fire Pumps and allow us to help you select and install the best fire protection system suited to your needs.