Fire Suppression Systems is a term that covers all systems that actively put out or control a fire to its origin. Sprinkler systems are the most common type and are used at Texas A&M University at Galveston. These systems are inspected annually as required by NFPA 14 by a certified fire safety company. Monthly visual inspections are made to ensure the system is ready at a moments notice. Sprinkler systems are also tied in to the Fire Alarm Control Panel for the building and its state of readiness is constantly monitored by tamper and water flow switches to alert responders to activation of the system.
Care must be taken when performing maintenance around these systems since the sprinkler heads themselves are relatively delicate. They are basically a fusible link held in place by liquid filled glass or soft lead solder designed to break when heat is applied. Damage to a head would likely cause a great deal of damage since each head is designed to give 1.5 gallons per minute/ per square inch of the coverage area. The coverage area is 12 - 15 feet in diameter.
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