Answers about automatic sprinkler systems

Get answers and know the facts about automatic sprinkler systems.

Automatic sprinkler system on a ceiling.

When it comes to automatic sprinkler systems, what is fact and what is fiction?

The best way to fight the spread of a fire in your place of business is an automatic fire sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems can be cost-effective. If you are planning a new building, sprinklers add between $1 to $2 per square foot to construction costs — about the same as new carpeting, and may also qualify for discounts on your insurance premiums. The price is higher for fitting existing buildings — between $2 to $7 per square foot covered. Sprinklers offer the highest degree of fire protection, when well-maintained and working, and are designed to control a fire even when the workplace is not occupied. They greatly reduce property losses by fighting a fire in its early stage.

If a fire starts somewhere in the building, will all the sprinklers go off and spray every room, leading to property damage?

Each sprinkler is individually activated by the heat of the fire. Each sprinkler reacts to the temperature in the room where it's installed, not to the reactions of the other sprinklers in the system.

Does water damage from an automatic sprinkler system cost more than actual fire damage?

An automatic sprinkler system is the best way to protect your business. In an environment with no system in place, a fire can spread through an entire building, potentially damaging a significant amount, if not all, of a business's property. With a sprinkler system, that same fire should be controlled in the room where it started with only a few sprinklers. All the other business property would remain safe.

Is the fire sprinkler installation and maintenance worth it?

The amount to install a sprinkler system is minimal when compared to the amount of damages that may result from a fire. Automatic sprinkler systems are pretty low maintenance. They need to be inspected annually, but their lifespan can last up to 20 years without major repairs or upgrades.

Do automatic sprinkler systems only save your property?

Sprinklers are not only there to protect your property, they also provide a high level of life protection. Statistics have revealed that there have never been multiple casualties due to fire in a building fully and properly equipped with sprinklers. Sprinklers dampening the flames reduces the risk of smoke inhalation and injury.

Despite the evidence proving the effectiveness of sprinkler systems, some people are still skeptical about their value and role in controlling fires. Know the difference between fact and fiction to help you make an informed decision about an automatic sprinkler system. For information about residential and business sprinkler systems, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and take action to protect your home and business against fires.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

Start a Quote
Select a product to start a quote.
Agents Near You
Contact Us

Also important

Tips To Prevent Employee Theft

Employee theft can come in many different shapes and sizes. In the modern workplace, business owners are wise to have controls in place.

How to Protect Your Business From Burglary and Robbery

Burglary is often a crime of opportunity and robbery is terrifying. Incorporate these burglary and robbery prevention tips and more to help protect your business.

Related articles

Business Disaster Planning

Create a business disaster plan to protect your employees, secure assets and resume operations.

Business Fire Prevention Tips

As a business owner, planning for fire protection, prevention and risk assessment can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Check out these tips.

Options to Consider When Insuring Your Small Home Business

Insurance for a home based business might require small business insurance since your homeowners might not.