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9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Codes and Fire Suppressant Systems Mitigate Loss of Life and Property

Codes Mitigate Fire Damage to Businesses and Personnel

In the early part of 2016, fires took the lives of 50 people in Missouri compared to more than 14,000 people nationwide. The Fire Marshals Association of Missouri reported that the installation of fire sprinklers would go a long way in saving lives. Fire sprinkler systems are designed to respond immediately to heat.

The National Fire Protection Association's Standard 13 is entitled “The Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.” Its rules must be followed for commercial fire damage protection in Affton. These rules are a national standard guide. It is mandatory that building managers and owners carefully follow these rules, to meet the Missouri area's safety requirement and commercial building codes.

Sprinklers provide a flow of water to slow or to extinguish a fire. The primary purpose of a sprinkler system is to allow rapid fire suppression to help everyone safely evacuate a building and to allow firefighters to enter affected areas more quickly.

A couple of significant fire sprinkler requirements for commercial buildings includes the rules that buildings with more than 55 feet in height must install sprinklers throughout the building. Also, sprinklers must be placed in newly built commercial buildings with a fire area beyond 5,000 square feet.
 
Sprinkler systems are a major contributor to commercial fire safety. Commercial fires can cause costly damage to merchandise, lost records, and it can close a business permanently. From offices to warehouses, commercial buildings across the nation are now equipped with sprinkler systems. Sprinklers are designed to activate early in a fire, but each device only reacts to the fire (heat) conditions in a particular area.
 
The amount of water released by a sprinkler in a fire is typically much less than the amount that a fire department will use to extinguish a fire. Today, sprinkler systems are known to lower deaths and property loss by over sixty-five percent. SERVPRO is a company with skilled restoration specialists that you need after a fire and water damage event.
 
If you do experience fire damage in St. Louis County of any kind, make sure to contact our experts at SERVPRO of Affton / Webster Groves by dialing (314) 638-7749 immediately. We can take care of your fire and water damage of any size and help to get your business up and running again!

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