Museums, rare-book libraries, historical buildings—these are the institutions that have the critical mission of safeguarding our heritage, preserving it for future generations. Throughout the ages, fire has been the biggest enemy of historical artifacts and buildings. Unfortunately, this threat continues today. Priceless paintings, centuries-old documents and wooden historical structures are not only highly susceptible to fire, but they need to be protected by a system that won't destroy them in the process.
Preservation: The systems employed to suppress a fire should not destroy what it’s protecting in the process. The system design and selection should balance the needs for life safety with preservation of that which is of cultural or historical significance. Your fire protection professional should be an active contributor to the dialog between the local AHJ, architect/engineer, and curator when exploring the options for fire detection and suppression.
Installation: New technologies offer new alternatives for adding, replacing, modifying or expanding fire detection and suppression systems. Water mist suppression piping is small enough to hide behind crown moldings. Open Area detection systems can sense smoke across wide open areas, including those with very high ceilings. Your fire protection professional will assess the challenges and make a range of recommendations, which may include options you were not aware of.
FIRE CODES & STANDARDS