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Small Aquarium vs. 4-Person Hot Tub – Choose Wisely

Fire extinguishing - sprinkler vs. hosePop quiz: someone walks into your home with a small aquarium in one hand and a 4-person hot tub in the other, both full to the brim. They tell you in no uncertain terms they’re going to dump one of them out in the middle of your living room and give you only five seconds to pick which – there’s no time to ask questions, like “Why are you in my living room?!” or “How are you carrying a full hot tub in just one hand?!”

Which do you choose?

This is the same conundrum you’re facing when deciding whether or not to install a fire sprinkler system in your property.

Contrary to the myth perpetrated by movies and television, all the sprinkler heads in a system do not go off at the same time in the case of a fire – only those nearest to the fire and subjected to its heat will activate. Using only an average of 25 gallons of water per minute, a small aquarium’s worth, the sprinkler head will contain and often extinguish the fire before the fire department can arrive.

Unchecked, a fire grows exponentially when provided with all three legs of the fire triangle – heat, fuel, and oxygen. Fire fighters generally arrive 5 to 10 minutes after 911 is dialed, which is 5 to 10 minutes of the fire growing. The whole time it’s building up the heat and filling the building with toxic smoke and fumes. It will continue to grow until fire fighters can deploy a line and start hitting the fire with water at the average rate of 250 gallons per minute – a hot tub’s worth here, a hot tub’s worth over there, hot tub after hot tub after hot tub.

Contact Best Defense Fire Protection today and let us help you avoid the hot tub!

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