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What Are Common Causes of Fires?

The most common causes of commercial fires are cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and intentional fires. By knowing what may cause a commercial fire, your business can take proper precautions to prevent damage to your property.

How Often Does My Fire Hydrant Need to Be Inspected?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires annual fire hydrant inspections to make sure these fixtures remain in good working order. After all, while automatic fire sprinklers and suppression systems are the first lines of defense, they aren’t always enough to tackle raging flames. In this case, a hydrant is critical for firefighters to tap into when they arrive on the scene to douse the blaze.

A fire hydrant inspection checks for wear and tear, rust and corrosion, accidental damage, vandalism, mechanical malfunction, and partially closed tap valves that could impair water flow. The time and effort required to arrange annual fire hydrant inspections are well worth the peace of mind that comes from knowing these fixtures will perform as expected if you need them in a fire emergency.

What Is the Difference Between Standard and Quick Response Fire Sprinkler Heads?

Standard response (SR) and quick response (QR) fire sprinkler heads have several similarities. They both feature glass bulbs with colored liquid inside that burst when they reach a specific temperature to start the water flowing. Both SR and QR sprinkler heads activate individually with the important purpose of dousing the flames and surrounding areas to prevent the fire from spreading while minimizing water damage at the same time.

The biggest difference between the two systems is that QR sprinkler heads have a smaller glass bulb measuring 3 mm and activate at a slightly lower temperature than SR sprinkler heads, which have 5 mm bulbs. This quality makes QR sprinkler heads appropriate for light hazard applications where ambient temperatures aren’t likely to rise near the activation temperature rating.

QR sprinkler heads also discharge water higher up so it douses the ceiling and prevents flash-over, making it easier for occupants to evacuate safely. For this reason, QR sprinkler heads are ideal for highly populated buildings, such as apartments and assisted living facilities.


If you’re looking for a trusted fire protection company, look no further than PROTECTO FIRE SAFETY INDUSTRIES. We will ensure your home or business has the proper fire safety equipment to keep you and your family/friends safe.

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