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Steel and Polybutylene Provide Sprinkler System for Fire Station

Issue 9 and Volume 138.

Steel and Polybutylene Provide Sprinkler System for Fire Station FEATURES FIRE PROTECTION As part of a major renovation of its 56-year-old station, the Takoma Park, MD, Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with Montgomery County’s Department of Fire and Rescue Services, installed a full sprinkler system in its fire station. The quick response sprinkler system with polybutylene piping was chosen over standard sprinkler systems for a couple of reasons. First, the design of this quick response sprinkler head with a large surface to mass metallic vane type heat collector operates much faster than sprinkler heads with smaller temperature sensitive elements. Also, support of this technology could assist other county facilities seeking to invest in fire protection systems. Takoma Park’s fire station’s sprinkler system is a combination of thin wall steel and polybutylene pipe. Because polybutylene is only labeled/approved for sizes up to two inches, a four-inch steel riser with a three-inch…

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