Frequently Asked Questions
Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. is happy to answer any and all of your questions.
Check our Frequently Asked Questions below to see if your Industry related question has already been answered. If not, email us and we will add it to the FAQ page AND email you the answer personally. If you have questions regarding a specific project, please contact us directly.
Q: Can a fire sprinkler be set off accidentally?
A: Rarely, but it has been know to happen…while we know that fire safety is no laughing matter…
Q: Are fire sprinklers prone to accidental discharge? (and the real answer)
A: The odds of a sprinkler activation due to a manufacturing defect are about 1 in 16 million. Fire sprinklers have a long history of proven dependability and reliability.
Q: How effective are fire sprinklers?
A: In home fires deemed large enough to activate an operational sprinkler, sprinklers operated and were effective 99% of the time.
Q: Will fire sprinklers actually reduce property loss?
A: Automatic fire sprinklers reduce the average property loss by 74% per fire. Watch this demonstration of a side by side burn and see for yourself.
Q: Does fire sprinkler activation result in a lot of water damage?
A: No! Most fires are completely controlled with the activation of only one or two sprinklers. Fire hoses, on average, use more than 8 times the water that sprinklers do to contain a fire. See this demonstration.
Q: How much does a fire sprinkler system cost? Is the cost worth it?
A: The cost per square foot can vary widely due to great differences in installation requirements so this question can be answered effectively only after a review of the occupancy. New installations will cost much less than retrofit installations.