Automatic fire sprinkler systems are widely regarded as one of the most effective and reliable methods of controlling a fire to safeguard both people and property.
Argus Fire Protection has over 100 years of combined experience with the design, on-going service, maintenance, testing and compliance management of fire sprinkler systems. We are able to offer tailored and cost effective solutions utilising the latest technology and complying with a range of local and international standards and codes.
For a typical fire sprinkler system, sprinklers are installed across the ceiling at a regular spacing throughout the protected building and connected to a water piping network that is constantly filled with water under pressure.
The simplest, most common and most reliable type of automatic fire sprinkler system is a wet pipe sprinkler system.
When a sprinkler is operated water is discharged onto the fire and the flow of water is detected at the sprinkler control valves, causing a signal to be sent to the fire service.
Since the first fire sprinkler systems were installed in New Zealand in the late 1880s, approved sprinklers have achieved their function of controlling fires in better than 99.5% of fires in which they have operated2.
1. Fire Protection Association New Zealand Inc., Fire Sprinklers, Retrieved 2008, http://www.fireprotection.org.nz/sprinklers.htm
2. NZS4541:2007 – Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems, Standards New Zealand, Standards Council, 2007.
3. New Zealand Fire Service, Building Safety: Engineering FAQ’s, Retrieved 2008,http:// www.fire.org.nz/building/faq/engineering_faq.htm