Q4 2015 Fire Protection Press

commercial and residential fire protection contractor

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the final newsletter of 2015!  We hope that your year has been full of opportunities for growth as our year had been.  Not only did we have some projects that really stood out to us, but we also learned so much this year.  One topic that everyone needs an educational reminder on each year, is frozen fire sprinklers.  Just by leaving a window cracked over an especially cold weekend can cause wet-pipe sprinklers to freeze, crack, and burst – causing thousands or even millions in damage. 

Our article, How Dormant Fire Sprinkler Water Costs Companies Millions, showcases examples from the past two years of burst fire sprinklers that were a result of miniscule mistakes.  This article explains step-by-step how to avoid coming into work on Monday to find a drenched lobby.  We hope that this article will help keep buildings save from flooding as the cold season approaches (let’s hope we avoid another arctic blast this winter!).

Stay safe in the New Year and have a very happy holiday. 




Allen Metcalfe

President, F.E. Moran Fire Protection Northern Illinois


Jeffrey Keiper

President, F.E. Moran Fire Protection National


How Dormant Fire Sprinkler Water Costs Companies Millions

Water lies dormant in a fire sprinkler after an activation. The weather turns cold and the water freezes and expands. It expands so much that tiny cracks form in the pipe. Spring rolls around and the floodgates open in your brand new lobby. Thousands of dollars in damage happen in the fifteen minutes it takes for the water supply to be turned off. If you don't think this can happen to you, see the examples below that happened in the last few years. 


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Fires in History: Hartford Circus Fire

On July 6, 1944, a carelessly flicked cigarette incinerated 167-169 people in a matter of 8 minutes on a lovely day at the circus.  A combination of low staffing, due to World War II, unsafe waterproofing, hastily thrown together circus grounds, and one cigarette caused the worst fire disaster in Connecticut’s history.

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Sprinkler Save Report


Fire Sprinkler Squelches Fire at Colorado Student Housing

November 11, 2015 | Arlington Park, CO

No one was injured in a fire that set off the fire protection system.  When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke and the fire sprinklers contained the fire to the point of origin.


Grease Fire Extinguished at College Dorm

November 6, 2015 | Hibbing, MN

A student was cooking with oil in a dorm kitchen when the oil caught fire.  The student took the pan to the bathroom to extinguish the fire in the showers.  The fire flared and caused the fire sprinklers to activate, extinguishing the fire.

Sprinkler Save Prevents Apartment Fire from Spreading

October 20, 2015 | Rochester, MN

Crews are crediting a fire sprinkler system with extinguishing a fire in an unoccupied apartment.  When the firefighters arrived, they found smoke, but the flames were snuffed out.

Sprinkler System Extinguishes Apartment Fire Before Crews Arrive

October 18, 2015 | Johnson City, TN

The Johnson City Fire Department responded to a report of a cooking fire.  When they arrived, they found that the fire sprinklers had already extinguished the fire.

Sprinkler System Saves Strip Shopping Center

October 14, 2015 | Gwinnett, GA

A fire at a shopping center caused minimal damage thanks to a fire sprinkler system that activated.  When crews arrived to the scene, they found light smoke and a sprinkler activated.

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