When properly designed, installed, tested and maintained, automatic fire sprinkler systems can control a fire and significantly reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage. However, mistakes during the design and/or installation phase and during periodic inspection, testing and maintenance activities can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of automatic fire sprinkler systems.
This presentation provides an overview of automatic fire sprinkler system failure data available in the literature to identify the primary causes of unsatisfactory system performance, highlighting the specific root causes through the examination of past fire loss data across a range of occupancies. Case studies from the literature explore fires where the automatic fire sprinkler system performed in an unsatisfactory manor are presented.
Elizabeth C. Keller, P.E., CFEI, CVFI
1 hour General CLE credit has been requested.
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