Why Do We Continue to Put Our Vulnerable Populations at Risk?

Why Do We Continue to Put Our Vulnerable Populations at Risk?

Recently, the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland was mandated to install fire sprinklers into their new facility.

Originally, the design of the building excluded this necessary safety feature as the building was 10 cm below the required height for this life saving feature.

The fact that the hospital, despite it’s slightly smaller size, was required to install the sprinklers is a good thing. This facility is designed to protect the most vulnerable population, sick children, and so, fire sprinklers should be mandated.

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Five Excuses That Don't Hold Water When it Comes to Early Fire Sprinkler Installation

Five Excuses That Don't Hold Water When it Comes to Early Fire Sprinkler Installation

There are five common excuses for why construction sites don’t install sprinklers. It could be that they cost too much money, or the construction company has never had need of them before; they could be seen as a waste of time, there’s already a clear fire prevention plan in place, or they don’t want to run the risk of accidental discharge.

While these excuses may have some merit, there is always greater reason to ensure added protection during your build by considering sprinkler installation early on in the construction process.

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5 Ways to Avoid Sprinkler Accidents in Cold Weather

Don’t let Winter Temps Be The Cause of Accidental Sprinkler Activation.

As the temperatures plummet, the risk of accidental fire sprinkler discharge increases.  Regular maintenance and testing is critical to ensure that the automatic fire sprinkler system is functioning properly.  However; the cool temperatures bring with it the additional risk of frozen pipes and damaged sprinkler heads.  Every year, the news is filled with stories about pipes bursting, sprinkler heads rupturing and the extensive, costly, water damage that results.

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