According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 100,000 non-residential fires every year with many taking place in office buildings, retail stores, restaurants, and other commercial establishments. Don’t have a commercial fire sprinkler system at your business? Now is the time to have one installed. Not only does it protect you, your employees and your customers but also your business assets in the event of a fire.
A business owner who wouldn’t think twice about the need for insurance may sometimes doubt the need for a commercial fire sprinkler system but both operate on the same principle: you only realize their value when you need them. What are the benefits of fire sprinkler systems? Here are just a few:
Helps Your Company Stay Within the Limits of the Law
If your commercial property is on the smaller side, you may be able to get away without installing a commercial fire sprinkler system. You also may be able to get away with it depending on the location of your business. But generally speaking, most cities and towns throughout the country require business owners to install some kind of fire sprinkler system inside their commercial properties.
Outside of installing commercial fire sprinkler systems, businesses must also make sure they’re installed in a specific way. The NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems has become the gold standard for fire sprinkler system installation. Check with your city or town to learn more about the local rules and regulations regarding fire sprinkler systems.
Allows You to Avoid Extensive Damage During a Fire
It’s never a good thing when a fire starts inside a commercial property. Even a small fire can do a lot of damage to an office building, a retail store, or a restaurant. But if a fire does start inside your commercial property, you want it to stay as small as possible. Unrestrained, a fire can spread through a building in a matter of minutes. A commercial fire sprinkler system will stop a fire dead in its tracks. Once the system detects the fire, it immediately goes to work containing the blaze. A commercial sprinkler system stops the fire in its tracks, limiting damage and allowing the fire department to get it under control.
Prevents a Fire From Causing Injuries and Deaths
A fire inside a commercial property can do more than just cause a lot of property damage. It can also cause injuries and even claim lives if it’s able to spread quicker than people can get out of a building. And it’s smoke inhalation, not the fire, that kills most people. A fire may be on the first floor but the smoke can quickly spread to upper floors causing injury and death.
Every year, there are about 15,000 people injured during fires with around 3,400 people killed.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to prevent all injuries and deaths during a fire in your commercial building but the chances of injuries and deaths are much lower with a commercial fire sprinkler system.
You Save Money on Insurance
Some business owners shy away from installing commercial fire sprinkler systems because they’re under the impression that they’re going to break the bank. They don’t realize that a sprinkler system could save them money in the long run. Once you have a sprinkler system installed in your business, your insurance company will likely lower your rates. As long as you keep your sprinkler system up to date and maintain it, they’ll keep your rates low, too. A sprinkler system means less risk for the insurance company which translates in lower premiums.
Showcases Your Company’s Commitment to Safety
You want your employees and your customers to feel like you care about them. You also want them to feel safe when they’re working in or visiting your commercial property. You can accomplish both of these things with a commercial fire sprinkler system. Your sprinkler system will show others that you’re doing everything in your power to ensure the safety of your building.
Provides You With Peace of Mind
As a business owner, you probably have more than enough on your plate right now. You have to juggle everything from payroll to inventory on a regular basis. With a commercial fire sprinkler system, you’ll enjoy a peace of mind that you wouldn’t get otherwise. You won’t have to stress out over what might happen to your business when you’re not around. Your sprinkler system will be there looking over it for you.
Install a Commercial Fire Sprinkler System in Your Building Today
If you’re putting together plans for a new commercial building or renovating an old one, it’s the perfect time to install a commercial fire sprinkler system. We can help you pick out the right fire sprinkler system for your building and put it into place for you. We can also help you to maintain it over time. We have extensive experience working with assisted living facilities, office buildings, government agencies, and more.
Contact us today if you would like to find out more about the fire sprinkler systems that we can set up in your commercial property.