Common misconceptions about commercial fire hydrant systems

Fire hazards take thousands of lives around the world every year. Office spaces today, are required to put in place a proper fire extinguishing system to avoid loss of property and life. With the right fire hydrant system installation, you can minimise the risks and protect your people and property to the most possible extent. 

A fire hydrant system makes use of water, andreceives a direct water supply. 

A fire hydrant system installation puts in place a piping system around the commercial or living space. This piping system is a well-connected network of pipes, fire pumps, and hydrants. 

All fire hydrants in the piping system have a continuous high-pressure water supply, to ensure that in the case of an emergency, there can be immediate availability of water to extinguish the fire. 

Fire hydrants have a hose that can be attached to the hydrant. As water gushes out of the hose, sensors detect a decrease in pressure, and fire pumps are activated to maintain a high-pressure water supply.  

What are the different types of fire hydrant systems?

The fire hydrant system installation is dependent upon the type of fire hydrant that an office plans to use. There are two types of fire hydrants:

  • Wet hydrant: It is mostly used in places with warmer temperatures where water is not likely to freeze. The water supply in this system does not have to be underground. They are easy to construct, manage and access in cases of emergency. Wet hydrant systems are also cheaper to install. 
  • Dry hydrant: It is put in regions with colder temperatures where water can possibly freeze. The water, in this case, has to be stored underground since the Earth’s temperature is warmer and the freezing of water can be prevented. They are costlier to install and difficult to maintain and construct. Dry hydrant systems are also more complicated to access and hence can mostly be used by firefighters. 

What are common misconceptions and myths about commercial fire hydrant systems?

There are multiple myths and misconceptions surrounding both types of commercial fire hydrant systems. Let us take a look at them:

  • Smoke alarms are enough: Many office spaces only have a smoke alarm in place to fight a fire. While people believe that smoke alarms are sufficient, it is not true. Smoke alarms only detect smoke from a fire but take no immediate action to extinguish the fire. However, fire hydrant systems help in extinguishing the fire in any corner of a building, through a piped water network. 
  • Fire hydrant systems are expensive: Fire hydrant systems are not expensive to install. In fact, if installed during the time of construction, they do not add a lot to the cost of the building. Insurance companies also offer higher claim settlement ratios to businesses where fire hydrant systems had been installed prior to the fire hazard. 
  • Misconceptions around fire hoses: High-pressure water from fire hoses is often said to damage property, but it is not true. The water pressure is high to ensure that in cases of fire hazards, there is no shortage of water. The high-pressure water does not lead to any significant damage. Another misconception is that fire hoses can only be used by firefighters. It is untrue because employees can use fire hoses and are also trained to learn to attach fire hoses to hydrants. 
  • Fire hydrant systems work slower than sprinklers: Sprinklers activate automatically in the case of a fire, but, hydrant systems have high-pressure water connectivity at all times. They can be easily accessed and used to douse a fire. Also, fire hydrant systems are more effective in cases of massive fires. 

While there are many misconceptions and myths about the commercial fire hydrant system, it has proved to be one of the most efficient measures of dousing a fire. Offices that install a fire hydrant system have proved to have a higher probability of effectively managing fires than those that do not have these systems installed.