New Sprinkler System Placed on Walls Instead of Ceilings

January 27th, 2016

Since the creation of the first fire engine in the late 1600s, technological improvements have consistently provided us with the information and supplies needed to increase our safety when it comes to fires. The most recent fire safety development has been made by Plumis, a London-based manufacturer that recently introduced the Automist Smartscan.

A wireless system that has a heat sensor mounted on the ceiling of each room and a mister mounted on the wall, the Automist Smartscan will begin scanning if it detects temperatures higher than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. During its scan, the system will be able to target the source of the heat, directing its spray nozzle towards the flames and eliminating the fire without causing excess water damage.

A high-pressure system, the sprinkler employs a jet of water mist towards the fire, using only 10 percent of the water currently required to stop fires via sprinkler system.

The Automist system introduces a few unique features, the most interesting one being the tiny nozzle used to douse fires. Only three-fourths of an inch in diameter, the sprinkler is placed on walls instead of the traditional ceiling position.

Still being tested in the United States and England, the Automist is not yet for sale, but here at W & M Sprinkler we are interested in finding out what type of impact the system will have on fire safety.

Looking to have a traditional sprinkler system installing in your Hawthorne, New York area home or business? Visit us online or give us a call at 888-437-1487 to schedule an appointment.

Start the New Year with the Installation of a Sprinkler System

January 6th, 2016

sprinkler system installed in homeHappy New Year from W & M Sprinkler! A fresh start for us all, the new year offers an opportunity to make positive changes in our lives and homes. And one great change you can make is installing a sprinkler system. While no one expects a fire to start in their home or business, accidents happen and there is no such thing as being too safe. With a fire protection system, you will feel a sense of security knowing that if a fire does start, your sprinklers will have it under control quickly, minimizing damage the potential for injuries to occur. Here are just a few reasons that a sprinkler system is right for your home:

Quick Response

As quickly as firefighters respond, they are nowhere near as fast as sprinkler systems. Activated by heat, a sprinkler head will turn on within 60 seconds of a fire’s start, preventing the flames from growing out of control and reducing the amount of damage that occurs to your property and the chance that your loved ones will be hurt by the flames.

Individual Activation

Another great benefit of a sprinkler system is the way that it is activated. One big misconception about sprinkler systems is that when a fire starts, every sprinkler head will turn on, drenching your home or business in gallons of water. Although this does happen in the movies, sprinklers don’t work the same way in real life. When a fire starts, only the sprinkler head nearby will be activated, quickly dousing the flames while reducing the amount of damage in your home.

Less Water Damage

Unlike fire hoses that release up to 125 gallons of water per minute, sprinklers only release 8 to 24 gallons, putting out small fires efficiently and without causing extensive damage to the rest of your home.

If you are interested in starting 2016 with a fire sprinkler system, contact W & M Sprinkler for a quote today. The new year is also a great time to have testing performed on current systems, so if you are due for your annual service, schedule an appointment today at 888-437-1487. We hope you enjoy a happy, healthy and safe new year!

Groups in Massachusetts Interested in Requiring Fire Sprinkler Systems in Homes

December 10th, 2015

firefighters fighting house fire

A tragic fire in Lynn, Massachusetts has individuals and groups across the state lobbying for a change in building and fire codes. The fire took place around 1 a.m. on December 4, 2015 when an apartment building was engulfed in flames, leaving four dead. Incidents like this are more common than we would like, and groups like NFSA are supporting the idea of making legal changes that will require fire sprinkler systems.

Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation asks, “Why do we have to have tragedy after tragedy when we know what can solve our fire problem? Fire sprinklers are needed today.”

Another fire sprinkler legislation advocate is David LaFond. A former fire chief who now works for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, LaFond wonders why legislation has not been passed to require the installation of fire sprinklers in new homes. While cost is cited as a reason not to pass this legislature, 11.6 billion dollars of property loss resulted from nationwide structural fires in 2014. This large loss of money combined with the 3,275 deaths and 15,775 injuries seems like a much higher price to pay than sprinkler installation and maintenance fees.

No matter what type of property you own, we’d like to remind you that a fire can break out when you least expect it. With one of our sprinkler systems in place, you can greatly increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed. For more information, contact W&M Sprinkler at 888-437-1487 today.

Sources: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/fire-prevention-and-education/tragic-massachusetts-fire-underscores-need-fire-sprinklers-townhomes

http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/12/fire_sprinklers_deserve_legisl.html

Enjoy a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

November 23rd, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Advice

As Thanksgiving draws near, you and your family are going to busy cleaning the house, coordinating recipes and thinking about the delicious foods you will soon be enjoying together. One of the farthest thoughts from your mind is probably fire safety, but it is especially important to consider this week. With an estimated 2,100 residential fires occurring each Thanksgiving in the past few years, W & M Sprinkler would like to remind everyone to keep a watchful eye on their kitchen this Thursday.

Unattended Cooking

The leading factor in most holiday fires, leaving your stovetop unattended can be quite dangerous. Especially on a day like Thanksgiving when so many dishes are cooking at once. We recommend staying in the kitchen the entire time dinner is cooking, turning off the stovetop or asking someone to fill in if you have to leave for a few minutes. Also, try to keep children out of the room while dinner is being prepared to prevent burns and other injuries.

Flammable Materials

Items like oven mitts, towels and wooden utensils are another common cause of cooking fires. Remember to place these items away from the stove after use, keeping lids within reach to put out small grease fires if they spring up. If a fire does occur in your home, remember to get everyone outside and call 911 immediately.

With locations in the Bronx and Hawthorne, New York, W & M Sprinkler provides installation and maintenance services for businesses and homes throughout the area. Contact us online or by phone at 888-437-1487 to learn more today!

Sources: http://www.king5.com/story/news/features/2015/11/22/greatest-number-of-cooking-fires-happen-on-thanksgiving/76234254/

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/safety-tips-to-prevent-thanksgiving-fires/article_472e614b-7357-5870-8323-4e86e21162a7.html

Dispelling Common Sprinkler System Myths

November 18th, 2015

home fire prevention

According to the American Red Cross, the most home fires take place during the fall and winter months.  As we begin baking sweets for holiday guests and lighting candles to create a cozy atmosphere in our homes, fire safety is exceedingly important. All homes have smoke alarms, but there is another precaution you can take to keep your family and property safe from potential fires: A sprinkler system. There are many myths surrounding home sprinkler systems, and W & M Sprinkler is here to shed light on some common misconceptions.

“The water damage caused by a sprinkler system will be worse than damage from a fire.”

While many individuals worry about the water damage caused by a sprinkler system, they don’t realize how much more water will be pumped in your home by a fire hose if the fire is allowed to spread. A fire hose pumps up to 125 gallons of water per minute, a great deal more than the 8 to 24 gallons pumped by a sprinkler system. While a sprinkler system may cause water damage in the area of your home that catches fire, fire spreads quickly and will cause a greater amount of damage if allowed to spread. Property loss is actually 85 percent less in homes with sprinkler systems than in those without them.

“Smoke detectors provide enough protection for a home.”

Smoke detectors are a great way to alert families of danger, but they do nothing to keep fires from spreading and injuring elderly individuals, children and pets who may not be able to get out of a burning building. Smoke detectors also have many flaws. Whether you have taken yours off the wall after a kitchen mishap or the batteries have died, there is always the chance that your smoke alarm won’t perform properly. Take the extra step to keep your family safe by installing a sprinkler system.

With locations in the Bronx and Hawthorne, New York, W & M Sprinkler provides installation and maintenance services for businesses and homes throughout the area. Contact us online or by phone at 888-437-1487 to learn more today!

Sources: http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/firesafety/myths-and-facts-about-sprinkler-systems/

Minnesota Court Turns Back Fire Sprinkler Progress

November 3rd, 2015

More often than not we’re hearing about stories from across the country of both state and local governments implementing new laws to protect residents from fires. Most of these involve requirements to install fire sprinkler systems in new residential buildings. Unfortunately, one such requirement was recently thrown out in the state of Minnesota.

The requirement in question would have made it a law for building contractors to install fire sprinklers in all new homes that were at least 4,500 square feet large. This requirement was struck down by a state appeals court. Making matters even worse, their stated reason for throwing out the requirement is that enough evidence wasn’t presented to make a case for its existence. While we can’t speak to the specific evidence that was presented to the court, it’s beyond clear why fire sprinklers are valuable to have in any home, regardless of its size.

This may actually be a part of the reason why the court denied the requirement. They said they couldn’t see any reason why homes smaller than 4,500 square feet large should be exempt, why those above the threshold would not. In part, we agree with this. The size of the home shouldn’t matter. A fire sprinkler system can save lives and prevent damage in any buildings of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the result is that no new homes will have sprinkler systems installed rather than some of them.

We hope this is just a bump in the road when it comes to getting fire sprinklers in all homes across the country, and specifically in Minnesota. We’ll be sure to keep you updated if there are any changes in this case.

Fire Safety Demonstration Emphasizes Effectiveness of Sprinklers

October 14th, 2015

The amount of research and evidence showing how effective sprinkler systems can be at minimizing loss of life and property damage in a fire grows by the day. Recently, a demonstration held in Nashville only served to underline this fact. Hosted by the National Fire Sprinkler Association and the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance, the exercise showed what would happen in two rooms that were exactly the same, except one had a sprinkler system in place and the other did not.

About one hundred people gathered to watch the demonstration, and the results were definitely eye opening for some in attendance. While the room without a fire sprinkler was completely engulfed in flames within a matter of minutes, the other room came out relatively unscathed. There was only minor damage done to the room and the furniture inside of it before the sprinkler was able to put out the fire.

At the end of the demonstration, the NFSA president noted that while some items in the room with the sprinkler were damaged, nothing was unsalvageable. On the other hand, the other room was completely destroyed. This is just a small example of what could happen to a house or a larger building in the event of an actual fire. More importantly than saving furniture and property, fire sprinklers can also save lives.

There are currently many new laws being implemented across the country in order to better prepare property owners in the event of a fire. In fact, several counties in Tennessee, the same state where this event was held, require sprinkler systems to be installed in new buildings. We only hope that more demonstrations like this one can convey to people how important sprinkler systems can be when it comes to putting out fires.

States That Require Fire Sprinklers Installed in New Homes

August 25th, 2015

Sometimes it feels like tugging at child’s arm to get him or her to go somewhere. Sometimes people are just so stubborn when it comes to installing fire sprinkler systems. It’s as if they’re unaware of all the benefits they offer. Benefits is probably an understatement; these things can and do save lives. Knowing they’re installed in your home makes you sleep easier at night. Along the same lines, firefighters know that they have some backup in the event of a fire emergency. With that said, each state has its own mandates and rules when it comes to installing fire sprinklers in the home, such as with Maryland, as discussed in this Carroll County Times article.

Wiley Hayes writes, “While Maryland has mandated that new home construction must include fire sprinklers, the State Fire Marshal wants residents of existing homes to install these life and property saving devices. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, Maryland began enforcing a law that required all new one- and two-family homes to have fire sprinkler systems installed. Maryland and California are the only states that have a law that mandates such sprinkler systems in new home construction, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch.”

Maryland and California should be the standard that every state aspires to be. It’s not a surprise that California, given its history of wildfires, would require new one- and two-family homes to have fire sprinkler systems installed; it’s a life or death situation for homeowners out west, especially considering the recent rash of wildfires. Maryland is a bit more of a surprise, but nevertheless, this is a good thing.

Does your state have laws in place that require the installation of fire sprinklers in new homes? Let us know in the comments below.

Sprinklers in Pet Boarding Facilities

August 12th, 2015

Pets are family, plain and simple. All of us can remember that pet, whether dog, cat or something else, that was our partner in crime, always keeping us company, always adventuring with us, being there for us in our time of need. A good pet is a superhero, bodyguard, and significant other all rolled into one. It’s our responsibility to make sure they are safe. It’s the least we can do for them, which is why it’s so sad to hear what happened to those families and pets in Monterey, especially since it was preventable if people took proper fire prevention measures.

15 dogs perished when a faulty B-Air Grizzly Dryer was left on while the owner of a pet spa went to pick up more pets. One family in particular, the Owen family, was hit particularly hard. They said, “I deeply regret taking her there that day. Her name was Lali Doodle, and she was a Goldendoodle puppy, she was only 4 months old.”

KSBW reports, “In the wake of the tragedy, the couple is now looking for answers and ways to prevent incidents like this from happening again. The fire investigation report rules the fire at the pet care, boarding and grooming facility as accidental. It states the cause of the fire was a faulty B-Air Grizzly Dryer that was left on while the owner of the business went to pick up two dogs from another client. According the owner’s manual for the dryer, the device should not be left running while unattended.”

Could fire sprinklers have prevented this thoughtless tragedy? We think so. City officials do too and are currently looking into ways to improve fire prevention measures at pet boarding facilities.

Sprinkler System Saves Lives in Louisville

July 30th, 2015

Sometimes it feels that you never hear positive fire news stories. What we mean is that you don’t see that many news stories about sprinkler systems saving lives and preventing fires from becoming smoky behemoths; you tend to see the opposite, especially this month with the Fourth of July. It seemed like wherever you looked there were stories of football players blowing off fingers or a faulty firework starting a fire in someone’s backyard. It was a tough pill to swallow. So let’s take the time to talk about a news story that showcases the strength of sprinklers!

In Louisville, KY, a sprinkler system at a recycling facility prevented a fire from reaching its potential. WLKY reported, “The sprinkler system is being credited for making what could have been a potentially bad situation controllable. Officials said that the fire could have been much worse considering the large inventory of cardboard and other paper products inside.”

Having a sprinkler system installed prevented that fire from getting out of control and burning down the building entirely, but it’s not all about the building; at the height of the blaze, more than 80 firefighters were working to put it out. If a sprinkler system wasn’t installed, the blaze would’ve been stronger, which meant that more firefighters would’ve had to fight it. That of course would’ve put those firefighters in even more danger. There were also 18 employees in the building at the time of the fire. Now imagine if that fire reached its potential? We could be looking at some fatalities, but thankfully there was a sprinkler system installed.