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History of Fire Sprinklers

Last updated 4 years ago

Fire sprinklers have been around in some form since the early 1800s, but building codes have led to a large discrepancy in the fire safety of individual buildings.

The earliest fire sprinkler system developed by John Carey in 1806 relied on a series of counterweights and string pulleys to release water from valves. The foundation for modern fire sprinklers was established in 1872, when Henry Parmelee created a system which could control sprinkler heads independently.

The NFPA was founded in 1896, and it later established the first guidelines for fire sprinkler systems in 1933. However, it was not until the 1980 MGM Grand fire in Las Vegas killed 85 people and injured over 600 that the industry established nationwide ordinances for retrofitting high-rise buildings with sprinkler systems. Various fire safety laws have been adopted since then, including Local Law 26, which requires all New York City structures to install fire sprinklers by 2019.

Capitol Fire Sprinklers has over 60 years of experience in fire sprinkler system installations and maintenance in New York City. Our experts will perform comprehensive inspection, testing, and repairs in accordance with NFPA 25 standards. Call (718) 533-6800 to schedule service or to determine whether or not your fire sprinkler system is up to code.

 

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