Automatic Fire Sprinkler System

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The automatic fire sprinkler system was one of the earliest sprinkler systems placed into effect. The origin of the modern day automatic sprinkler system dates back to the early 1800’s. The first automatic sprinkler system was created in England in the 1806 by John Carey. It consisted of a pipe with valves held closed by counterweights attached by string. When flames burned through the string the counterweight dropped to the floor, which opened the valve that released the water and extinguished the fire. As the 1800’s progressed, the basic pipe system for sprinklers was becoming more prevalent across England. It began to pop up in textile mills all through out the country. In 1864, as sprinkler system use grew, Major Stewart Harrison of …show more content…

These warehouse owners place sprinkler systems in their buildings to minimize product and property loss. This in turn reduces time for recovery of their business and minimizes profit loss as well.

The automatic sprinkler system, like and fire protection system, does have its limitations. One of the biggest causes of the system not operating in its intended way is due to human error. Humans limit the sprinkler system greatly for reasons such as not maintaining the system properly, or even not installing it properly. Sprinkler piping is often made out of metal and sprinklers use water. The combination of water and metals does not bode well over time. If a system is not maintained correctly and tested to ensure it is working properly, it may not operate correctly when called upon for use. Instillation of the system is obviously important. If the system was never place into operation correctly, it may fail or not even work if its use is required. Another factor that may limit a sprinkler system today is renovations. When a system is designed, it is made for that particular building and that buildings use. A sprinkler system for a computer paper storage warehouse has different needs than a sprinkler system for a hospital. When the warehouse gets shut down and renovated into a hospital, often times the system is not upgraded or modified for the new occupancy. This results in the system