Consistent testing and inspection of fire sprinkler systems in Brooklyn and throughout New York City is mandated at regular intervals by the New York City Fire Department. These inspections save lives by focusing attention on areas that need improvement or remediation before being certified as safe and in good operating order.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a nonprofit organization established in 1896, in 2014 (the last year data was collected), there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused:
• 3,275 civilian deaths
• 15,775 civilian injuries
• $11.6 billion in property damage
494,000 were structure fires, causing 2,860 civilian deaths, 13,425 civilian injuries, and $9.8 billion in property damage.
193,500 were vehicle fires, causing 345 civilian fire deaths, 1,450 civilian fire injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage.
610,500 were outside and other fires, causing 70 civilian fire deaths, 900 civilian fire injuries, and $237 million in property damage.
In 2014, fire departments in the United States responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 64 seconds.
• One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
• One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
• One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 41 minutes.
• One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
• One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes and 8 seconds.
Structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, but 47% of civilian deaths, 82% of civilian injuries, and 69% of direct property damage.
Heating equipment (14% of total) and shop tools and industrial equipment (also 14% of total) were the leading causes of structure fires in industrial or manufacturing facilities.
A mechanical failure or malfunction was a factor contributing to the ignition of one in four structure fires (24%) in industrial or manufacturing properties, accounting for 23% of civilian injuries and 21% of direct property damage.
Fire suppression systems like sprinklers are the “first responders” to a fire before the real first responders (your fire department personnel) can reach you. A fire sprinkler system is designed to buy time to allow complete evacuation of the site, keep the fire localized to where it began and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the structure, and preserve unaffected structures and inventory from damage or destruction by fire. In urban environment like Brooklyn, where many structures are grouped close together, fire sprinkler systems can prevent a fire situation from burning out of control and involving other buildings and people.
Allstate Sprinkler Corporation is recognized as the most reliable, responsive and respected fire sprinkler contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. As a full-service organization, we are committed to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. Our services include: complete design-build abilities for the installation, alterations and repairs of both fire sprinkler and fire standpipe systems; NFPA 25 inspection and testing services; Local Law 26 evaluation and compliance; prompt correction of all FDNY violations; 5-year hydrostatic pressure tests of sprinkler and standpipe siamese connections; emergency service and repairs; fire pump installations, testing and repairs; fire extinguisher sales and recharging; and all fire safety related products and equipment.
Allstate Sprinklers also carries a large selection of fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. We can help your make sure your building is compliant under Local Law 26 as well as NFPA 25, and also help you fix any FDNY Violations you may have been served. If you need emergency assistance, Allstate Sprinkler Corp is a 24hr emergency-based fire suppression contractor in New York City. Contact us today at 718-524-3174.