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  • How do fire sprinkler systems work?
    Fire sprinkler systems work by releasing water or other fire-suppressing agents when a heat-activated sprinkler head detects a significant increase in temperature, typically from a fire. This helps control or extinguish the fire in its early stages.
  • Are fire sprinkler systems required in all buildings?
    Fire sprinkler system requirements vary by local building codes and regulations. They are often mandated for commercial, industrial, and multi-story residential buildings. It's important to check with local authorities to determine specific requirements for your area.
  • How often do sprinkler systems need to be inspected in Ontario?
    According to the Ontario Fire Code (OFC), all fire and life safety equipment in a building must undergo annual inspections. This includes, but is not limited to, systems such as Fire Alarm Systems, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Hoses and Extinguishers, and Emergency Lighting.
  • Can fire sprinkler systems be retrofitted into existing buildings?
    Yes, fire sprinkler systems can often be retrofitted into existing buildings. This process involves a thorough evaluation of the building's structure and may require some modifications to accommodate the system's components.
  • Do fire sprinklers go off accidentally?
    Modern fire sprinkler systems are designed with high reliability and are unlikely to go off accidentally. Each sprinkler head operates independently, responding only to the localized heat source. Accidental discharge is extremely rare.
  • Do all sprinkler heads activate at once during a fire?
    No, typically only the sprinkler head(s) directly affected by the fire's heat will activate, while others remain closed. This targeted response minimizes water damage to unaffected areas.
  • What type of maintenance is required for fire sprinkler systems?
    Routine maintenance includes checking for obstructions, ensuring proper water pressure, inspecting pipes and connections, and verifying that all components are in working order. It's essential to hire qualified professionals for this task.
  • How effective are fire sprinkler systems at controlling fires?
    Fire sprinkler systems are highly effective at controlling and often extinguishing fires in their early stages, significantly reducing the risk of injury, property damage, and loss of life.
  • What should I do if I have concerns about my fire sprinkler system?
    If you have concerns about your fire sprinkler system's performance or maintenance, contact a qualified fire protection professional for an inspection and necessary updates or repairs.
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