May 2013 ADVANCED Thinking! – “Boots on the Ground”

When an automatic fire sprinkler system is properly installed, maintained, inspected, and supervised, it is considered one of the most effective methods of providing life safety, controlling damage to a structure, and controlling damage to building contents in the event of a fire.  In most cases, an automatic sprinkler system will activate and control a fire before hazardous flames and toxic gasses cause loss of life or destroy a structure.  Although an automatic sprinkler system may extinguish a fire, its primary purpose is to contain the spread of fire until firefighting operations are implemented.

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