Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
A fire sprinkler system is a fire suppression system required in most industrial, commercial, and specific residential buildings. These systems are installed to suppress and contain fires.
These systems are a requirement of the BCA and have specific design and installation requirements which are drawn from Australian Standard AS2118.1
What Sprinkler Systems Do
These systems are required to automatically deliver pressurised water through pipeworks in order to assist during the event of a fire.
Each Sprinkler “head” has a colour coded heat sensitive bulb that will break at a predetermined temperature and allow the flow of water over the diffuser so that the water is dispersed in the most appropriate spray pattern for the designated coverage area.
Depending on the design and requirements for specific hazards, and installation premises, the following key components are required:
- A reliable and consistent water supply
- Control valve assembly and pipework
- Sprinkler heads to suit the hazard and conditions of the premises
- Pump/s to ensure correct pressure and system required water flow rates.
Fire Sprinklers Service and Maintenance
These Systems require a minimum Inspection and Test regime as per Australian Standard AS1851 and AS2118 of the following frequencies:
- Six Monthly
- Five Yearly
- Ten Yearly
- Twenty-Five and Thirty Yearly