As a building owner constructing or renovating your business in North Texas, there are a lot of elements to contemplate. All city fire codes are different so when it comes to designed and installed fire sprinkler system, you might ask, “does my building need a fire sprinkler?”. As a business owner, there’s no question that you want your new build to be equipped to protect your merchandise, equipment, customers, and employees from the dangers of a potential fire.
According to the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), fires can go from a tiny flame to total destruction in as little as three minutes. Fire sprinklers provide an important component of safety in the event of a fire. Sprinkler systems are created to detect heat from a fire and automatically provide a flow of water that is designed to slow or fully extinguish the flames.
Fire sprinklers are another means to allow occupants in the building to exit safely by suppressing the flames before the fire gets worse. A sprinkler system not only allows for occupants to exit the building safely but also aids in helping firefighters to the affected area through easier and potentially safer access.
Many factors will be used to determine the requirements for installing a fire sprinkler system in commercial buildings and those will vary by county in Texas and Oklahoma. The buildings requirements are based on many things such as:
- Construction classification
The NFPA 13, which sets many of these guidelines, mandates fire sprinkler system installation in all new construction commercial buildings 5,000 square feet or more or renovations to an existing commercial structure that increase square footage to 12,000 or more. Read more about fire sprinkler installation guidelines or to find out what regulations are needed for your newly constructed or renovated commercial business, contact us.
While some counties in North Texas might not require you to install a fire sprinkler system, you should consider installing one for the safety of your business, workers, customers, equipment, and much more.
All commercial businesses in North Texas will benefit from properly installed and designed fire sprinklers that are maintained on a regular basis. Still asking yourself, “does my business need a fire sprinkler?” here are more advantages for installing a fire sprinkler system into your building:
- Reduces water damage: Sprinkler systems reduce property damage by allowing you to quickly act and respond to protect your most valuable equipment.
- Saves Lives: According to the NFPA, adding sprinklers to a commercial building lowers the change of death by fire by 88%.
- Reduces fire damage: Fire sprinkler systems activate instantly when triggered by high heat caused by a fire below while the average response time is between 9 – 12 minuets.
- Lowers your insurance premiums: Lower insurance premiums help the money that you’ve invested into your sprinkler system pay for itself.