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Sprinkler System Types And How They Operate

Issue 3 and Volume 123.

Sprinkler System Types And How They Operate DEPARTMENTS Industrial Fire Safety There are many types of automatic sprinkler systems and methods of operation, such as wet, dry, deluge, pre-action, outside, recycling and packaged systems, plus others that will be outlined later. Each system has characteristics that make it more desirable than others for providing adequate fire protection in a specific application. Therefore, before any system is installed, the purchaser should obtain recommendations for the installation of a system evaluated in terms of the hazards to be protected. These recommendations should be made by a qualified source, whether it be the authority having jurisdiction over the property or a fire protection engineer. Wet-pipe systems are probably the ones most often installed. From the underground supply pipe to the most distant branch line, this system contains water under pressure. When a fire occurs, the heat fuses one or more sprinkler heads and…

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