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What are Fire Protection and Prevention Services?
Fire protection and prevention services give you all the information you need to keep yourself and your home or business safe from fire. We also keep you informed of the different approximate costs of installing or adding to your fire safety and prevention system.
Functional features of Fire Protection and Prevention Services
You may be interested in the following fire protection and prevention options for your home or business;
Residential Sprinkler System
This system is connected to the plumbing of the building. It should ideally be installed during construction. However, a fire protection system can be added after building as part of a fire protection system retrofitting. The price for installing a sprinkler system to new construction is 1 to 2 dollars per foot of the sprinkler system. The costs can rise from 2 -7 dollars per foot if the system is to be installed as part of a fire protection system retrofit in an existing building.
Residential sprinkler systems will sprinkle 10-13 gallons of water per minute. When the sprinkler is activated, a flow alarm will sound to alert the inhabitants. Residential sprinkler systems are not set off by smoke, so you don’t have to fear accidental water damage. Instead, each sprinkler head is triggered when temperatures near the ceiling range from 155 to 165 degrees. One to two sprinklers are often enough to put out residential fires, and the sprinkler system causes less water damage and wastes less water than having a fire get out of control and having to call the fire extinguisher company with their fire hose.
Accidental overheating, freezing, mechanical damage or corrosion may damage fire sprinkler systems and cause unintentional water damage. To avoid this scenario, regular maintenance of the sprinkler system is necessary.
Fire Extinguishers or Fire Blankets
It is important always to be prepared for any emergency fire. This involves keeping fire extinguishers and fire blankets in easy to access places where all inhabitants and visitors to the building can see them and know how to use them effectively. The fire extinguisher has to be checked regularly to make sure that it is in optimum working condition.
We should always remember that the fire extinguisher is designed to control small fires only. If the fire has reached the ceiling or is otherwise out of control, the help of a fire extinguisher company should be sought.
Fire extinguishers are often of the dry chemical type. In dry chemical fire extinguishers, the tanks are full of dry powder or foam. In case of fire, this is sprayed with the help of a nitrogen propellant. The foam or powder that is sprayed cuts of the supply of oxygen to the fire. Other types of extinguishers are filled with water and depend on a strong gush of water to douse the fire. It is important to keep a check on levels in fire extinguisher and keep them full at all times.
Fire extinguishers that fight electrical fires are known as class C extinguishers. Sodium bicarbonate and monoammonium phosphate are used in class C fire extinguishers because, unlike water, they are not conductors of electricity.
Fire extinguishers last from 5- 15 years, according to manufacturers, so it is important to keep them maintained and get them replaced on time.
Fire blankets are safety devices made of fire-retardant material and woven fiberglass and have the potential to save lives. They cut off the supply of oxygen to the fire and can be used on class A and B fires. They are often kept on hand for emergency situations such as putting out a small fire in the kitchen or on a person.
Chimney Cap Spark Arrestor
The chimney cap spark arrestor is put in place to stop sparks and embers of fire escaping from the chimney. These sparks and embers jump out of the chimney onto the roof. They are very dangerous as they can set the flammable materials of the roof on fire and eventually cause the whole house to go up in flames.
Smoke Detectors / Heat Sensors
Smoke detectors and heat sensors are early warning systems to alert you of small fires and unusual rises in temperature. These sensors could warn you of fire and smoke inhalation danger to you and your family. Smoke detectors have a high success rate of catching small fires early when they are easy to control and have done minimal damage. Smoke detectors and heat sensors require a tiny investment for something that could potentially be life-saving and may save your house or building from a lot of damage.
Smoke detectors come in a range of types, including photoelectric sensors, which are best for detecting and alerting the inhabitants about smoldering fires. Smoldering fires produce a lot of smoke but little flames, which are detected by the photoelectric sensors. Early non-detection could result in smoke inhalation and health problems. While a fast-burning fire which produces a lot of flames, but little smoke is dangerous and could be deadly. This type of fast-burning fire is detected in a timely way by ionization sensors. Dual sensor smoke detectors incorporate both photoelectric and ionization sensors to keep your home as safe as possible from both smoldering and quickly spreading flames.
You can opt for these or other fire protection devices to be added on as extras to your existing fire protection system.
You can also opt for a professional fire protection specialist to come over and check out your property and discuss prevention and protection from fires with you. This fire protection specialist can give you expert advice on the best ways to avoid fire hazards and thus prevent any potential emergency.
Budget required for Fire Protection and Prevention Services
For such an essential feature, fire protection and prevention devices and systems can be put in place from 203 dollars to 932 dollars. This is a very reasonable cost for something potentially life-saving.
With the help of fire protection and prevention services, get all the information you need to make informed decisions about your fire protection and prevention systems for your home or business. With this, you can also compare different price quotations and establish your fire protection budget.