Protecting your property from serious incidents, no matter how unlikely, is an important part of responsible ownership. Given the destructive impact on both people and property that can come from a fire, designing a fire suppression system is an absolutely essential part of building ownership. However, many people may not be aware of the options available to them and may be unsure of how to begin.

Below, you'll find a guide to some tips for designing your building's fire suppression system. Following these suggestions can help guarantee that everyone involved gets out safely in the event of a fire, and can also help make sure that your property is as protected as possible.

Consider Exits

The primary concern in any fire is making sure everyone gets out quickly and in an orderly fashion. Without careful planning, however, your fire suppression system could actually impede that by locking doors or spraying water or chemicals into areas which are necessary to navigate for an exit.

Be sure to consider where people will be primarily located in your building and the easiest way for them to escape in the event of a fire. Focus your energy on keeping exits clear, and consider adding extra suppression systems to key arteries that form primary points of exit for large groups of people.

Protect Technology

While human life is obviously the primary concern in any fire, it's also important that your suppression system doesn't cause unnecessary damage to property. This is especially true in the event of an accidental activation; spraying down computers and other equipment with water or chemicals due to a false alarm is an expensive mistake.

So-called "dry" systems have the ability to use inert gasses to beat back flames and starve a potential inferno of oxygen. These systems can be a great idea for tech-heavy environments, as they should hopefully allow your expensive equipment to get through the suppression process.

Embrace Proactivity

If a fire can be limited before a sprinkler system needs to be activated, you're far more likely to be able to save lives as well as money. Relying on technologies which detect heat rather than smoke can be useful in that context, as a fire putting off smoke is likely to have already reached the point where it requires additional suppression. Considering a double interact system which attempts to handle the fire through dry means before relying on water for a backup can be a great way to be sure your system remains effective and clean.