Hollywood isn’t known for its realistic portrayals of emergencies, and while this generally does not cause major problems in everyday life, it can lead to widespread misconceptions about how fire safety systems work. This brief video clip montage covers some notable fire sprinkler errors in well-known movies.
If every fire sprinkler triggered every time a targeted fire occurred, it would lead to widespread water damage throughout the building. Individual fire sprinkler heads only activate in the area of the fire and are, contrary to popular belief, triggered by heat, not smoke.
Make sure your commercial or residential NYC building is up to code, namely Local Law 26, which requires all NYC high-rise structures to have fire sprinkler installations by 2019, and contact Capitol Fire Sprinkler at (718) 533-6800 to receive an inspection or installation from a certified expert in Queens.