Fire Sprinkler Systems are designed to automatically contain and extinguish a fire. When the heat from the fire gets to a certain temperature the fire sprinkler heads operate spraying water over the fire.
The operation of the fire sprinkler system typically activates a fire alarm and evacuation system to alert the occupants of the building. In most cases the Fire Service are automatically advised of the activation of the sprinkler system.
South Australian regulations may require a Fire Sprinkler System to be installed in buildings where the building is greater than 2,000 square metres.
The sprinkler heads are located in all parts of the building at regular intervals. Any change to the walls within the building is likely to require the sprinkler heads to be relocated or additional sprinkler heads installed.
Fire & Emergency Services SA can undertake a FREE review of your site and advise if you are likely to require a fire sprinkler system and whether there are any areas that do not have adequate coverage. The final determination of whether a sprinkler system is required is undertaken by a Building Certifier.
Once installed a Fire Sprinkler System should be regularly maintained. The minimum maintenance requirements as documented in South Australian legislation and regulations are:
- Weekly test to ensure that each sprinkler system will go into alarm
- Annual test to ensure that there is adequate water supply for the sprinkler system.
The maintenance of fire sprinkler systems can only be undertaken by a competent person. All of the service technicians at Fire & Emergency Services SA are trained in the servicing of fire sprinkler systems and are independently accredited. It is recommended that only companies, such as Fire & Emergency Services SA, that are recognised businesses under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) be used to maintain your fire sprinkler systems.