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Advantages and Disadvantages of Wet and Dry Fire Suppression

Updated on October 27, 2016

When it comes to protecting the items in your office against fire, there are a variety of choices in systems you can have, but ultimately, it will come down to choosing between wet chemical systems or dry chemical systems. Each of these fire suppression options have the advantages, so it is often a decision based on needs and budget, so talking to a local fire department can often help you in determining what route to go.

Before deciding which type of system will work best, you need to think about the building(s) you need protected. Is it a showroom, a warehouse, an office building, or some other type of facility? Each of these having varying needs better suited to a particular type of system. A second consideration is what is being protected? And last, what type of temperatures will there be, or are any parts of the building susceptible to freezing?

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dry Fire Suppression

  • These are pre-action sprinkler systems that do not discharge until heat at the head of each sprinkler goes beyond that will damage the equipment.
  • Due to the installation, they cannot be configured to suit every building design.
  • They are perfect for locations such as warehouses, loading docks and other where less than 40 degree temperatures are common.
  • Use clean agents to put out/suppress the fire, so they are more eco-friendly. Also, it is a quicker “return to normal” in the event that the system must be engaged.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wet Fire Suppression Systems

  • Wet sprinkler systems involve the highest level of risk to a facility as water is piped into the location.
  • Because the water must be piped into the system when needed, it is the slower (up to 1 minute) of the 2 to respond in a fire.
  • Easier to install and maintain; however, it cannot be installed in locations where the temperature reaches below 40 degrees.

Having an effective fire suppression system – regardless of the type – is always better than no system at all! After all, you don’t want to replace equipment or information, nor do you want your employees to be concerned about the risk of fire. So, rather than overlook the concern of fire, talk to a fire suppression company in your area or contact your local fire fighters to learn what type of suppression system will best work for your location. It’s an important choice – make time today to resolve it.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of dry fire suppression. One such site worth visiting is

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