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Fire at West L.A. High-Rise Sends Residents Scrambling for Safety; Two Critically Injured | Corona, CA

By Hannah Fry, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Luke Money, Sonja Sharp

JAN. 29, 2020 9:54 PM

A fire broke out Wednesday morning in a 25-story Westside residential building, sending residents climbing out windows and fleeing to the rooftop to escape the flames. The blaze, which erupted on the sixth floor at the Barrington Plaza apartments in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, was reported shortly after 8:30 a.m. by fire crews, who were tending a nearby blaze that had begun earlier.

At least 300 firefighters responded to help battle the fire and evacuate residents inside the building. Eleven residents were injured; seven were sent to a hospital for treatment, including a 3-month-old baby, and four were treated at the scene. Most were suffering from smoke inhalation. Two firefighters suffered minor burns.

One 30-year-old man required CPR and was listed in grave condition Wednesday afternoon, and another 30-year-old man was in critical condition, according to Los Angeles Fire Capt. Erik Scott. “The preliminary information is the two most critically injured … were both in the unit of fire origin,” Scott said.

Fire officials initially reported that some people had jumped from the building to escape the flames. Authorities later clarified that two people contemplated jumping but were rescued by fire officials. Residents crawled on their bellies through thick smoke to escape. One man was seen clinging to a ledge before a fire ladder was hoisted up to him. “This could have been much worse,” Scott said.

Fire officials said residents won’t be allowed back into the building overnight while they investigate the blaze, which was deemed suspicious.

Firefighters took an unconventional approach in battling the flames, hosing the building from the outside in an effort to cool the units before allowing firefighters to tackle the flames inside. The bulk of the fire was on the sixth floor of the 240-unit high-rise, though three other levels were damaged by smoke, officials said.

While some crews focused on the fire inside, others were tasked with evacuations. At least 15 people, some in bathrobes, were airlifted to safety from the building’s rooftop. Officials said it was the first time the fire chopper had been used in rescue efforts. “This was a herculean effort by the members of the Los Angeles Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. “It takes a lot of coordination, and our resources did a good job.”

After an intense, hourlong battle that was made more challenging by strong winds gusting up to 35 mph, firefighters were able to knock down the flames shortly before 10 a.m. Deputy Police Chief Justin Eisenberg said the Los Angeles Police Department and arson investigators were studying the blaze to determine whether it was criminal or accidental. No one has been arrested in connection with the fire, he said. The separate fire that started earlier in the morning about three blocks away also is part of the investigation.

Mackenzie Williams, 25, said she was driving to work at Pure Barre — a fitness studio at Wilshire Boulevard and Granville Avenue — about 9 a.m. when she “saw one firetruck pass by me, then I saw two, then I saw 10, then I saw about 20, so I definitely knew something was going on.” After seeing smoke pouring from the building and the helicopter evacuations, she said, “I just hope everyone is OK over there.”

John Tavakoli was outside when the floor where his grandmother lives burst into flames. As firefighters rushed to evacuate her and her neighbors, his initial horror settled into smoldering rage — another fire like this one had burned here a few years ago, but little had changed. Like others, he blamed the revolving door of short-term renters for unsafe conditions in the building.

“A lot of people Airbnb here.” he said. “They party all night — they’re up until 2 a.m. on a Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, he said, safety issues have gone unaddressed.

“Our rent goes up, utilities go up, but one elevator’s always broken,” he said.

Resident Gavyn Straus stood barefoot on the sidewalk, holding a towel around his American-flag bathing suit as he watched a Sheriff’s Department helicopter hoisting stranded neighbors off the roof. He had been in the pool swimming laps when he turned his head for a breath and noticed the smoke. Right away, he leaped out of the pool and dashed up to alert neighbors on his floor.

The smoke “was like a black wall” on the seventh floor, he said. Higher up, he started banging on doors, telling neighbors to get out.

Twins Kristina and Kimberly Pagano, recent UCLA grads, were asleep in their apartment when the fire broke out. They woke up to the sound of firetrucks. Moments later, the building fire alarm went off, and they rushed outside.

Both immediately thought of the 2013 fire, believed to have been sparked by a cigarette. The building still allows residents to smoke in their units on designated floors, which the sisters had toured before moving in. Like others, they said the building hosts a large number of short-term visitors.

“We always see people with luggage,” Kristina said.

“It’s like a hotel,” Kimberly agreed.

Officials have said that there is no indication the fire was caused by anyone smoking inside or that it broke out in a unit rented as an Airbnb. The building is covered by L.A.’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which limits annual rent increases for tenants, but some of its units are exempt from that law, according to housing department spokeswoman Sandra Mendoza. Under an ordinance that went into effect last year, Angelenos cannot rent out their apartments for short stays if they live in a rent-stabilized unit.

The 2013 fire erupted on the 11th floor of the building, displacing up to 150 residents and injuring two people. It also raised concerns about a lack of sprinkler systems in some buildings in Los Angeles. Barrington Plaza was not equipped with a sprinkler system at the time. Because it was built nearly 60 years ago, it does not fall under state regulations later adopted that forced buildings taller than 75 feet to include such fire-suppression systems unless granted an exemption.

Los Angeles has a loophole in its fire code that allows 71 residential high-rises to house tenants despite having no fire sprinklers in the buildings. The structures were built between 1943 and 1974, when new codes required sprinklers.

Deputy Chief Armando Hogan said Wednesday the building still does not have sprinklers. There have been repeated attempts to require older buildings to install sprinkler systems, including a push after Barrington Plaza’s last fire, but landlords at the time argued they would cost too much.

A year ago, the City Council again tabled a proposal to require sprinklers in all buildings. One of the sponsors of the measure said the issue lost momentum amid opposition from landlords, but Councilman Mike Bonin said he will reintroduce a mandate for sprinklers in light of the latest blaze.

Curtis Massey, chief executive of fire safety consulting company Massey Emergency Management, said the sprinkler systems typically seen in modern high-rises quickly douse flames before they have a chance to spread. “It’s like an on-duty 24-hour firefighter that’s able to respond faster in most circumstances to a fire than the building staff or the fire department,” said Massey, whose company has worked on fire preparedness plans for Century Plaza and the Wilshire Grand Center.

Modern fire safety features also include elevator and stairwell-pressurization systems that keep the smoke out of those areas, he said.

In 2014, a group of tenants in the high-rise sued the building’s corporate owner for negligence. According to residents, several fire alarms failed to sound in Barrington Plaza as the October 2013 blaze spread. A door to the roof was locked and the stairwells filled with choking smoke, tenants said. “The conditions at the supposedly high-end apartment building were atrocious,” attorney Mark Geragos said at the time.

Resident Ivo Gerscovich’s 2-year-old daughter and father-in-law were found unconscious in a smoke-filled stairwell above the 20th floor during the 2013 fire. “It’s a deathtrap,” Gerscovich said then. “It’s totally insane and indefensible.” Ben Meiselas, an attorney with Geragos’ firm, said the building “is a relic of the 1960s.” “It conformed to codes of the 1960s, and since that time, they’ve availed themselves through grandfather clauses of the building codes of that bygone era,” he said.

Meiselas said building owners should be required to prominently display whether their structures adhere to current codes. “You have this building that advertises itself as a class-A luxury building, but back in 2013, at least, it really had fundamental safety issues,” he said.

Residents said that they weren’t aware of any additional safety measures. “This situation really scares me,” said Ploy Pengsomboon, who was able to evacuate from her ninth-floor unit only after smelling smoke and hearing firetruck sirens. “I’m scared if one day I’m in a deep sleep and something like this happens. I didn’t get a chance to prepare. They should tell everyone to get out and shouldn’t let us learn about it ourselves.”

The blaring of a fire alarm woke 84-year-old Dan Karzen, who has lived in Barrington Plaza for 20 years. “I had my pajamas on, so I had to hurry to put some clothes on, grab my phone and walk out the door of my 16th-floor apartment,” Karzen said. “I knew it was bad because there was all this smoke.”

After leaving the building, he crossed the street to a strip mall, where he stopped to await word from fire officials. “I don’t know when we’re going to go back in, and I don’t want to leave because all my stuff is up there,” he said.

When Liz Bowers was jolted awake by sirens, she smelled smoke and immediately thought it couldn’t be another fire, remembering the 2013 blaze. But when she looked out her window, there it was. “I was like … it’s Tower A again,” she said. She had a clear view of the flames and clouds of black smoke. She could hear screams and windows blowing out from the heat of the flames. Bowers ran downstairs to the public pool area shared by the two buildings and continued watching as firefighters worked to quell the flames and rescue residents. After witnessing the dramatic events, she decided she’d had enough. She needs to move out.

Bowers thought about all the times she could smell cigarette and marijuana smoke from her apartment, the result of little oversight from building managers, she said. She spent three years knocking on the leasing office’s door, writing letters and making phone calls to building managers. Eventually, she gave up. “They should have put sprinklers in after the [2013] fire,” she said. “They let everybody smoke. There’s a lot of Airbnb [rentals]. You get all these people coming into party and smoke pot. The landlords don’t care.”

Times staff writers Matt Stiles, Dakota Smith, Colleen Shalby, Andrew J. Campa, Emily Alpert Reyes, James Rainey and Matthew Ormseth contributed to this report.

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Why You Should Invest in Fire Extinguishers | Corona, CA

As a landlord, it can be tough to control what happens on your property. However, in order for you to prevent the worst-case scenarios from occurring, you must issue a set of ground rules and guidelines for your renters to follow regarding fire prevention:

Learn you fire codes. Pay attention to your local fire codes in order to ensure that you’re legally protected. If you’re unsure if your property doesn’t meet standards, have a fire inspector come check everything out.

Install smoke detectors. It’s very important that you check that the fire detector work before any renters move in, and replace them once renters move out.

Install fire sprinklers. Commercial fire sprinklers respond very quickly and release up to 24 gallons of water per minute, and are one of the best fire protection services that you can invest in.

One fire extinguisher per apartment. If you do own an apartment complex, you should place at least one fire extinguisher in each apartment.

Apply a strict no smoking rule. One of the main causes of home fires is from smoking indoors. By implementing a strict no-smoking ruled both inside and outside of your property you can prevent a fire from occurring.

Make the rules known. Draw up a contract of regulations that your renter need to abide by. You may even want to include this in the lease, or at least have the renters acknowledge the regulations by signing the documents.

For more information about fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Prevent Accidental Fires with Fire Sprinklers | Corona, CA

Accidental fires always have the potential to devastate and even end lives. Though, the risk is even more imminent with high-rise buildings. This is because fire fighters often have a hard time dealing with fires in such places. This is mostly because of how hard it is for them to reach the higher floors of such buildings.

It’s no secret that flames can grow and spread rather quickly. Though, when it comes to fires, it’s not the flames that you have to worry most about. Rather, you have to worry more about the rising temperature and the toxic gases that can kill you if you inhale enough of it. While most cities are equipped with competent and able firefighters and fire departments, it’s not like they can teleport directly onto the scene of the fire. It typically takes fire fighters around 10 minutes to arrive at the scene. By then, the fire may have already spread too much, damaging most of the establishment and leaving families displaced, or in worse cases, lives lost.

With fire sprinklers, however, such disasters can be prevented. Even if the fire sprinklers aren’t able to fully extinguish the fire, it can contain the flames enough to allow residents enough time to escape safely without inhaling much of the toxic gases. To put simply, fire sprinklers can prevent fires from becoming such huge disasters, all at the fraction of the cost of what it usually would to repair any damage resulting from accidental fires.

For more information about fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Why It’s Important to Design Your Fire System | Corona, CA

When starting a new business, it’s important to prepare for the worst. Accidents happen, so staying prepared is necessary in order to continue to be successful. If you have a new business or are looking for a fire system, consider creating a personalized fire system, customized to your space’s needs.

Because not every business is the same, developing a fire system can ensure you are protecting your business, and everyone in it, is a smart choice. Through a series of comprehensive steps, you can create a system well suited for any environment. In this multi-step process, you can discover what exactly needs protection, and how much protection is needed. An experienced engineering department will then conduct detailed studies to determine the optimum approach to providing the correct system application that will cost-effectively meet your specific needs.

After the assessment, you will have several options with appropriate alternatives based on an assessment of the fire protection and life safety needs:

  • Fire sprinkler design drawings with as much detail required
  • Designs based around the latest NFPA codes. All schematic CAD drawings include underground fire supply, riser details with location within structure, main and branch line locations, and sprinkler head type and location.
  • Bi drawings include back up specifications, water analysis, and hydraulic calculations.
  • Fire sprinkler fabrication / installation / coordination drawings include all compliments listed above including computer generated shop drawings, hydraulic calculations and material submittals.
  • Fire Pump and/or Ground Storage Tank installation drawings with all associated piping and equipment.
  • Special hazard suppression system fabrication / installation drawings.

For more information about fire systems, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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An Office Fire Can Start from Anything | Corona, CA

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) — A fire broke out early Friday morning after a pickup truck plowed into a two-story office building in Ventura, leaving one person hospitalized, authorities said.

Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the scene, near the intersection of Walker Street and Moon Drive, about 1:12 a.m. and battled flames that had made their way from the first floor to the roof, according to the Ventura City Fire Department.

An injured man who had been inside the truck was transported to a hospital in unknown condition. Emergency responders were unable to locate the vehicle’s other two occupants, who may have fled the scene, fire officials said.

The blaze was brought under control within 23 minutes of the firefighters’ arrival and was extinguished one hour later, officials said.

No firefighters were injured. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

It is important to understand that a fire can happen at any time, and as you can tell, by anything. This may be a chance occurrence, but if you aren’t prepared for an office fire, you are risking much more than your investment. You are risking the health of your employees and everyone around you as well. There are lots of services and equipment available on the market today that will put your mind at ease when it comes to a fire igniting in your office space. Make sure you have all the fire suppression technology necessary to keep everyone (and everything) in your building safe.

If you would like to learn more about fire suppression technology, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com for additional information.

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Make Sure Tenant Safety Is a Priority | Corona, CA

As a landlord, there are many responsibilities you have under your belt. Not only do you have to take care of your investment, but you also have to ensure that your employees and tenants are also as safe as possible. After all, they’ve entrusted you to make sure you are looking after their best interest. One of the biggest, and most devastating, dangers you may face is fire. Not only does it affect you and your business, but it also affects those neighbors around you. To ensure you have taken all proper precautions to ensure the safety of all, you may need to make a few improvements.

Tenant improvement can be a hassle and a potential danger if not done properly. For this reason, CJ Suppressions can help you and your tenant improvements by providing installation, relocation, and rework within tenant improvement and remodels. We will thoroughly modify and add to existing to fire sprinkler systems to ensure the safety of your business. Not only will you rest at ease, knowing you’ve taken care of your investment, you can be sure everyone will rest at ease knowing you are looking after their well-being.

The following are different types of fire suppressions systems that we install and services we provide for all your tenant improvement needs:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Dry/Chemical Systems
  • Preaction Sprinkler System (Single/Double Interlocked)
  • ESFR (Early Suppression Fast Response) sprinkler systems
  • Rack Storage Systems
  • Roof and Ground Storage Tank Installations
  • Underground Fire Lines
  • Special Hazard Systems
  • Centrifugal and Vertical Fire Pump Installations and Upgrades

If you would like to learn more about tenant improvements, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com for additional information.

CJ Suppression Inc. proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine and all surrounding areas.

We Want to Design Your Fire Protection System | Corona, CA

ThinkstockPhotos-479155414Protecting your business from fire is imperative for everyone involved. Not only in order to protect your product, but any staff and/or neighbors should also feel safe there knowing you are covered in case of fire. But designing a fire protection system isn’t as simple as a quick kit you pick up at the local hardware store. It takes a lot of planning and expertise. It can turn overwhelming very easily if you don’t have the proper training. That’s where we come in…

The design of fire protection systems is a multi-step process beginning with an assessment of the environment to be protected. Factors, both internal and external to the environment, are considered. This information is used to establish performance objectives for the fire protection system being designed. Our experienced engineering department conducts detailed studies to determine the optimum approach to providing the correct system application, meeting the needs of our clients in the most cost-effective way possible.

We begin with a site survey of the facility then provide the client with appropriate alternatives based on an assessment of the fire protection and life safety needs.  We will often consult with the client’s insurance company and the local fire department for their input during the decision-making process, in order to ensure that everything is up to code and covered by insurance. Once a decision is made on the specific type of system required, we assign a primary engineer to the project who will then develop the appropriate engineering design.

Our CAD design services include:

  • Fire sprinkler design drawings with as much detail as required and then some.
  • All designs are based on the latest NFPA codes. All schematic CAD drawings include underground fire supply, riser details with location within structure, main and branch line locations, sprinkler head type and location.
  • Bid drawings can also include back-up specifications, water analysis, and hydraulic calculations.
  • Fire sprinkler fabrication / installation / coordination drawings include all compliments listed above including computer generated shop drawings, hydraulic calculations and material submittals.
  • Fire Pump and/or Ground Storage Tank installation drawings with all associated piping and equipment.
  • Special hazard suppression system fabrication / installation drawings.

So, if you are in need of better fire protection for your facility, consider installing a fire protection system. It is the best chance you have to keep your business successful and in one piece.

Fire protection is very serious, so be sure to take every step you can to protect yourself and your property. If you would like to learn more about fire prevention systems, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com for additional information.

CJ Suppression Inc. proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine and all surrounding areas.

4 Fire Sprinkler Myths Busted

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Fire sprinkler systems have sustained an enviable record for protecting life and property for over 100 years now. However, there are still some common misunderstandings regarding the operation and effectiveness of fire sprinklers systems. To help clear up some of the confusion, I’ve complied a list of 4 common fire sprinkler myths.

Myth #1: Water damaged from a fire sprinkler system is more extensive than fire damage.

Fact: Water damaged caused by a fire sprinkler system will be less extensive than damaged caused by water from a fire hose line or smoke and fire damage is the ability for the fire being able to spread. Fire sprinklers release around 8-25 gallons per minute, while 80-125 gallons of water discharge from a fire hose per minute.

Myth #2: When a fire occurs, every single fire sprinkler head activates.

Fact: Despite all of the images you’ve likely seen in movies and on television, where a flame hits a single sprinkler head and all the fire sprinkles go off, creating chaos, fire sprinklers actually don’t work that way. In fact, fire sprinkler heads act independently and water is only released closest to the fire. Sprinkler heads that are exposed to their rated temperature will be the only heads activated during a fire.

Myth #3: Fire sprinklers are only designed to protect property and aren’t effective for life safety.

Fact: Fire sprinklers provide a great amount of life safety. In fact, statistics have shown that there’s never been any multiple loss of life in a building that has a full sprinkler system. Property losses are actually 85% less in homes with fire sprinklers than those without sprinkler systems. Combining automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in buildings and residences can reduce overall injuries, loss of life and property damage by 50%.

Myth #4: Smoke detectors provide enough protection.

Fact: Having smoke and fire detectors are a vital part of fire protection, but they shouldn’t be your sole form of fire protection. Fire alarms are meant to serve as a warming sign that a fire has been detected and you should get to safety. They don’t minimize or help control a fire and its damage. Fire sprinklers are more reliable method of fire safety.

If you’re interested in protecting your family, property and yourself with the help of fire sprinklers, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 today! Or visit www.cjsuppression.com for further information.

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How and Why Fire Sprinklers Save Lives | Fire Suppression Services

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It seems like almost every day you hear of another deadly fire incident happening somewhere. It can be caused by faulty wiring, an unfortunate kitchen accident, an act of nature or simply the result of carelessness. And, regardless of what caused it, almost everyone can agree with the fact that house fires are on top of the list of any homeowner’s list of possible nightmare scenarios.

Yet, despite how dangerous house fires are, there’s one thing that could have made such accidents less disastrous and that’s if fire sprinkler systems were present and working.

The Difference Fire Sprinklers Make

In the United States alone, about 2,600 people die each year due to home fires. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the use of smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems reduce the risk of death by as much as 82%.

Loss of life aside, it doesn’t take any kind of research and statistics to say that house fires cause immense damage to  properties. But, again, the presence of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems cut down the damage many times over, from an average of $45,000 for homes with no sprinkler systems to $2,166 in those with sprinkler systems, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

Why Fire Sprinklers Still Have Not Caught On

Despite the glaring and somewhat obvious evidence of how sprinkler systems can actually save lives, many homeowners still do not believe in having their houses fitted for such sprinkler systems.

For one, there are those that believe the sprinkler systems can actually cause much more damage than the fire itself. This belief may have started due to a number of reasons, mainly due to the fear of the sprinklers leaking or going off accidentally, causing water damage. While such fears are warranted, they’re not exactly true, as all sprinklers are tested during and after installation. Also, not all sprinkler heads go off in case of fires. Most of the time, just one sprinkler head is enough to contain fires.

Another likely reason why even the most safety-conscious homeowners shy away from sprinkler systems is because of the perceived aesthetic and financial issues. Both misconceptions are slowly becoming less of an issue as fire sprinkler systems have become more available, cheaper and less conspicuous.

Why You Should Have Fire Sprinklers Installed In Your Home

Besides the fact that sprinklers save lives, most insurance companies offer generous discounts for homes fitted with fire sprinkler systems. Also, sprinklers may allow homeowners to qualify for a tax rebate. The resale and appraisal value of the home also goes up because of the sprinkler systems, which is good for those who’re looking to prepare for selling their house someday, or those who simply want to qualify for bigger loans down the line.

Certain communities around the globe also have started to require new homes to be fitted with sprinkler systems, and it’s only a matter of time before sprinklers become mandated in most communities.

With fire sprinkler systems, you are not only potentially saving your life and those of your family, but also you end up saving more money in more ways than one. And, when both things are considered, there’s really no reason NOT to have a sprinkler system installed in your lovely home.

For more information about fire suppression services call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

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The Importance of Fire Sprinklers in Commercial Buildings

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While it’s true that most commercial buildings, and in many cases even residential ones, have some form of fire protection systems installed, not all put a premium on just how important they are. In fact, many often only have such systems installed because of certain bylaws or as requirements for certifications. If owners were given the chance, most commercial buildings probably wouldn’t have any kind of fire protection system installed, except for maybe a fire extinguisher or two.

Such a mindset is wrong, and whether it’s a product of the lack of education or not is debatable. What’s alarming here is that many just simply do not realize how important having fire protection systems, namely fire sprinklers installed, especially in commercial buildings.

It’s More Than Just For Certification

According to the United States’ NFPA, residential fire sprinkler systems increase the resident’s survival expectancy during an accidental fire by as much as 80%. Such an increase in life expectancy should also be expected in commercial buildings.

The reason why fire sprinkler systems are so effective in saving lives is that they’re the fastest to respond and control a fire at its exact point of origin.

While it is easy to raise the point on how fire extinguishers are enough, one has to remember that in fires, it’s not the heat nor flames that are the most dangerous. Rather, the aspect that poses the most hazard to one’s health are the toxic fumes and smoke produced by a fire. And, given how smoke can easily spread and impede your vision, it’s already hard enough to walk around your house, let alone find a fire extinguisher to try and fight the fire back.

Even with fire sprinkler systems, toxic fumes and smoke will still be there, but their production will be significantly reduced to breathable levels, which could easily mean the difference between life and death.

It’s also important to remember that sudden fires can easily spread out to uncontrollable levels in just a few seconds. However, with fire sprinklers, that few seconds could extend to as much as 10 minutes, which is more than enough time for people to evacuate the vicinity and for the firefighters to arrive.

Smaller fires also mean less damage and less damage means less expenses incurred in your investment as the owner of the commercial building.

The NFPA also has no record so far of a fire killing more than two people in both a commercial or residential building where the fire sprinkler system was properly installed and working properly.

Kill Fire, Save Lives

While it is true that fire sprinkler systems are rarely able to kill large-scale fires on their own, as mentioned earlier, they do just enough to save lives, minimize damage and most important of all, prevent the fire from needlessly growing larger.

If you are one of those who tend to ask building and fire officials why your building really needs fire sprinklers, ask yourself first, why not?

The added cost, while certainly a huge factor for the resistance, is not as much as it’s made out to be. In fact, with proper insurance credits, fire sprinkler systems will usually be able to pay for itself in as short as 7 years, which isn’t that long in business years.

So, instead of resisting the requirement for sprinklers, embrace it.

Again, fire sprinklers may not be able to totally kill fires, but it does more than enough to contain it and save lives in the process.

For more information regarding fire sprinkler systems, contact CJ Suppression Inc. in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

CJ Suppression proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine and surrounding areas.