Understanding Fire Sprinkler System Requirements for Commercial Spaces
If you own a business or other type of commercial space, fire safety is extremely important. Not only is adhering to fire codes a must to allow for your continued operation, but it is also key that you do everything you can to protect your staff and your customers who are working and doing business inside the space.
Preparations can also reduce the impact of a fire, and given that over half of businesses are not able to recover after a fire emergency, doing what you can to reduce a fire’s impact is a prudent move.
One vital element of safety and harm reduction is a fire sprinkler system. While fire sprinklers are not *always* required in commercial buildings, they are more often than they are not—and even if they are not required in your specific situation, it is likely worth having them installed given that sprinklers are effective in stopping 88% of commercial fires when they are installed.
How Do I Know if I Need Fire Sprinklers in My Commercial Space?
While every area will have local fire codes for businesses that may vary, some of the national guidelines are included below:
* Fire sprinklers must be installed in any new commercial building exceeding 5,000 square feet, or any building that is renovated to contain 5,000 square feet after construction.
* Buildings more than 55 feet in height must have fire sprinklers on every floor.
* Self storage buildings must have fire sprinklers installed, except in single story facilities with no indoor corridors.
* If the municipal water pressure to the building is not adequate to pressurize the sprinkler systems, a fire pump should also be installed.
If you are unsure about whether you need a sprinkler system in your commercial space, or you have questions about the system you have, your local fire department will likely be able to connect you with the right person to make an assessment. In addition to installing fire sprinklers, they can help you determine if your fire escape routes, fire exits and fire extinguishers are up to code as well.
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