Water Sprinkler Systems Can Hurt Your Business More Than Help
Most people falsely believe that having water sprinklers in the facilities will reduce the economic damage caused by a fire. What most people don’t realize is that by the time the sprinkler system turns on, the fire may have already developed to a substantial level. But what is worse is the damage the water causes to your business sometimes more than the fire itself.
In today’s business, technology is everywhere. Fax machines, computer file and Internet servers, personal computers and laptops, phone systems, cell phones, PDAs, and the list goes on. Most of which do not take kindly to water. According to a leading risk management consultant, the average loss for companies protected with a sprinkler system is nearly six times that of companies protected by "waterless" fire systems. It’s not just the physical damage, loss of irreplaceable data or damaged paper records; it’s also the loss of time for your operations, your production, and your customers. In fact, statistics show that the majority of businesses that experience a major fire and fire-related downtime are out of business within three years. Some never reopen at all. Now when you think about protecting your business with water sprinklers, think how long it will take to get back up and running and at what cost!
The key to keeping losses at a minimum is speed. Speed to suppress the fire and speed for cleanup.
Automatic fire suppression systems help fight the most common sources of fires, knocking them out fast and with minimum disruption to your business.
Click your industry link below to learn more about the strategic areas in your business that should have a "waterless" fire suppression system instead of, or in addition to, water sprinklers.
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How Illinois Fire & Safety Can Help Protect Your Business
Automatic "waterless" fire suppression systems help fight the most common sources of fires, knocking them out fast and with minimum disruption to your business. So the real decision is in whom do you trust to provide fire equipment and to service and to maintain these important pieces of equipment? How do you choose?
We believe that there are four major factors that differentiate a good service provider and a, well, not so good service provider:
You may be surprised that we did not include Price in our list. Very simply, over the life of the systems, the general maintenance costs pennies per day for most providers. The cost factor is insignificant relative to the cost of poor service resulting in poor fire protection --property damage and lost revenue associated with larger fires not controlled by nonnexistent or poorly maintained automatic fire suppression systems.
Experience. Illinois Fire & Safety Company is a family-owned company with more than 50 years of direct experience. We have helped protect thousands and thousands of companies in northern Illinois and, each year, our fire suppression systems quickly extinguish many potentially devastating fires - ensuring business operations continue with minimal interruption and downtime.
Expertise. We train the Insurance and City Fire inspectors. Many cities have chosen Illinois Fire & Safety to train their Fire Inspectors on how to inspect fire equipment. Our President was appointed by the Illinois State Fire Marshal to serve on his fire equipment advisory board. We are state licensed, bonded, and insured.
We are also the choice for some of the largest companies in the world. Caterpillar, the world’s largest heavy equipment company, chose us to supply and install fire suppression systems on some of their off-road equipment. And Baxter Labs selected us to protect their corporate kitchens and data archive rooms. We know what we are doing and have served thousands of customers.
Customer Service. We understand that we have an obligation to provide quality service at a fair price, while minimizing the disruption to your business and its people. We keep our promises and our appointments. We also understand the need to work around your schedule and not ours.
Responsiveness. In case of a fire or other discharge of your fire equipment, you need a company that will respond quickly. Illinois Fire & Safety offers a 2-hour response time guarantee and 24-hour emergency service. We’ll be there when you need us.
Fire consists of three essential elements:
Without any one of these three elements, a fire cannot exist. Removing one or more of them is the basic premise behind fire suppression systems. For example, water extracts the heat from a fire. Foam extracts heat and/or keeps away the oxygen, whereas dry chemical powder interrupts the chain reaction within the flames. Extinguishing gases either displace the oxygen or react in a way to interrupt the chain reaction within the flames (depending on the type of gas).
There are three main types of fire suppression systems:
Fire Sprinkler Systems
The sprinklers contain a seal. These sealing elements prevent water flow until, due to fire, a design temperature is exceeded at one or more individual sprinkler heads and the sprinkler bulb bursts. Each sprinkler activates independently when the predetermined heat level is reached and distributes the water over the fire source. Since each sprinkler is independently sealed, the system only activates where the fire occurs. The sensor in the system detects the flow of water and emits an alarm signal.
Dry pipe sprinkler systems are initially filled with compressed air above the valve station. The alarm valve opens and releases water in the pipe system in case of a pressure drop due to a sprinkler head opening. This type of system is applicable for areas with frost hazard, or permanent temperatures near to or below 32∞F.
Preaction sprinkler systems - a dry pipe sprinkler system, where two actions are required to open the valve station and herewith the water way; one action is a water lock release triggered by a separate electronic detection system, the other action is the selective sprinkler release at design temperature caused by fire; these systems are for applications that are sensitive to water damage.
Fast-release dry pipe sprinkler systems have characteristics similar to the preaction systems, but provide a faster water discharge.
Water deluge systems (Water Spray Systems) contain open nozzles (instead of sealed sprinklers) strategically distributed with a pipe system connected to an alarm valve, which controls the water supply, so water is discharged over the whole protected area simultaneously. The alarm valve must be actuated by separate means, either manually or via a detection system.
Foam Fire Systems
Waterless Fire Systems
Wet Chemical Systems
Dry Chemical Systems
Gaseous Extinguishing Systems
There are numerous gases and gas mixtures/blendings that can be used for fire suppression. Some are more environmentally friendly than others, while some are more effective on certain types of fires than others. Illinois Fire & Safety can help you determine which fire suppression agent is best for your particular fire concern.
Illinois Fire & Safety Company is a leading designer, installation and service company for all types of fire suppression systems. Give us a call today and let our professionals evaluate your fire protection needs. 1-888-ILLFIRE.
Our Customer Service Pledge
We will treat every customer as if they were our only customer.
We believe that “exceptional” service is the key to our success.
Recognizing that “exceptional” takes on unique meanings for different customers is essential to ensuring customer satisfaction.
No matter what “exceptional” service means to you, it is our goal to meet and exceed those expectations.
Our highly trained and experienced fire systems professionals will design, install, and maintain an exact system to meet your individual specifications.
Some of the other fire detection and suppression systems available from the Illinois Fire & Safety design team are:
Kitchen Hood Systems
Computer Room Systems
Enclosure Integrity Testing (Door Fan Testing)
Records Protection Systems
Paint Spray Booth Systems
FE13 Clean Agent Suppression Systems
Argonite Fire Suppression Systems
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Fire Suppression Systems
Foam-Fire Suppression Systems
Need help determining which system is right for your situation? We can help. Give us a call today - 1-888-ILLFIRE.
Does your company have a green policy? Illinois Fire & Safety offers a variety of fire suppression solutions that are friendly to the environment.