The Business Lottery

In my years as a freelancer, I've seen countless businesses flounder and fail. Sometimes it's because the owner is inexperienced; sometimes it's because the market wasn't ready for the product; sometimes it seems simply to be a matter of luck. If you want to manipulate your own luck, though, there are some tricks you can use--little things that will make it easier for you to get your new small business off the ground and keep it there. In this new blog, I'll be sharing those tips and tricks with you and answering your questions on how to help yourself as much as possible.

Does your ofice building need a sprinkler system?

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When you want to protect your company premises then you will ensure that you have solid security doors fitted and that all of the windows can be firmly locked to prevent unauthorised entry. However, intruders aren't the only way that your premises could be harmed. One of the most significant risks to any building comes from the possibility of fire. If a fire were to break out it could destroy your building, if the fire starts when people are in the building then there is a serious risk of the loss of life as well as property. To prevent the rapid spread of fire throughout your building the installation of fire sprinkler systems is essential but choosing the right one isn't always easy.

1. Choosing between fire sprinkler systems

When you need to choose an automatic sprinkler system there are going to be several factors that you need to balance. The relevant building codes for your property may insist that fire sprinkler systems be installed but they will often leave the specifics of those systems to you. You will want to consider the style of the sprinkler head, the technical specifications of the system that you need, as well as how easy it will be to fit your desired system into your building. You might opt for either a water sprinkler or a pressurised gas system but both are triggered similarly with their element activating when a set temperature is surpassed.

2. Wet or dry pipe?

There are a lot of different options you could think about before settling on the right fire sprinkler systems for your building. Two of the most common systems are the wet pipe system and the dry pipe system. The wet pipe system is the most common type of sprinkler system and relies on the system pipes being full of water which can be immediately discharged as soon as the sprinkler system is activated.

The key concern with wet pipe systems is the temperature within the building. Wet pipe systems are not permitted if the building temperature is not kept above 4 degrees C. Dry pipe fire sprinkler systems are more typically installed in locations where the temperature may be below 4 degrees C. With dry pipe systems the pipes are filled with nitrogen or compressed air rather than water. Upon activation, the gasses in the system are first discharged and then the water follows once the pressure has dropped sufficiently to trigger the dry pipe valve.


21 January 2021