Sprinkler System


In Ontario, on average, over 1200 wildfires were started over the last 10 years consuming thousands of hectares of land and destroying many homes and cottages. Here is how you can reduce the risk of loss or damage to your property in the event of a wildfire.
 
The FireSmart program recommends the following:
  1. Manage the vegetation around your home.
  2. Upgrade your home’s building materials and construction techniques to lower its combustibility.
  3. Ensure your home is easily accessible to emergency workers.
  4. Install a sprinkler system.
Protect your property from the devastation and heartbreak of a threatening forest fire! The Firebug system can be “pre-installed” on any building in less then 1 hour. Once in place, the system can be set up and fully charged and operational within minutes. 
 
Figure 1
 
 
Figure 1 above shows a typical home installation with Sprinkler Brackets pre-mounted to the fascia board. In the event of a threatening fire, each sprinkler head, with hose attached, simply slides into the pre-mounted bracket. Supply water and the Home Fire Protection System will distribute water to protect your house and surrounding property.
 
Sprinklers Can Save Your Property
Prepared by Mitch Miller, Information & Prevention Technician, OMNR

If you think your outpost cabin or lodge is vulnerable to forest fire, you’re right. This is the largest boreal forest on the planet and fire lives here. If you think there’s nothing you can do, you’re wrong. You can take steps to protect your property from wildfire, and it’s not as hard as you might think!
 
For years, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) has been providing information on how to protect your forest home from wildfire by taking an educated look at your surroundings and removing potential fire hazards. By creating a defensible space around your structures, you will provide firefighters with a better chance to defend it against oncoming wildfires. 

Some Fire-Safe Landscaping Tips for Creating a Defensible Space
  • Create at least a 10-metre wide clearing around your buildings
  • Trim the branches on all trees within your clearing to a height of three-metres
  • Clear a one-metre strip around each building, down to bare mineral soil
  • Keep your grass watered and cut, and remove dead grass

With a well-planned defensible space, you can reduce the severity of the wildfire when it reaches your property. By carefully choosing your design and construction materials when you build, the odds of your structure surviving a wildfire get even better. A well-designed structure can withstand radiant heat and burning embers. 

Some Construction Tips for Building a Fire Resistant Structure
  • Metal roofing provides better protection than asphalt or cedar shingles
  • Use stone, brick, stucco or metal siding for exterior surfaces
  • Enclose the space under structures with fire-resistant materials
  • Use dual or triple pane windows to reduce radiant heat transfer
  • Screen in all vents with wire mesh no larger than 6-mm in size

As people invest time and money building structures in the forest, they must understand that there is a risk associated with this. The best possible strategy for dealing with the risk of wildfire is to build with fire-resistant materials in a fire-safe area and install a sprinkler system.
 
On a hot, windy day when the forest is dry, fire can spread so quickly that it can reach your location before water bombers and crews arrive. This is when the time and money you invested on your sprinkler system can save your property.
  • Sprinkler systems are a simple, effective and safe tool to use in protecting structures from threatening forest fires.
  • They wet down the structure which reduces the threat of ignition from firebrands.
  • Sprinkler systems help cool the building during exposure to radiant heat from wildfire.
  • Wetting down the areas around the fires increases relative humidity in immediately adjacent areas and reduces the fuel available for ignition around the structure.
  • The sprinkler system may be left running if residents have to evacuate. 
FIRESMART Program recommends
  1. Manage the vegetation around your home
  2. Upgrade your home’s building materials and construction techniques to lower its combustibility
  3. Ensure your home is easily accessible to emergency workers
  4. Install a sprinkler system
Benefits of Firebug Sprinkler System
  • Reduced property loss & devastation
  • Reduced loss of animal habitat
  • Reduced loss of jobs in tourism & forestry (close to 1 million Canadians work in forestry related industry-Sept 2007)
  • Reduced health risks for firefighters
  • Safer environment for firefighters
  • Forests/trees absorb C02 contributing to the overall goal of the Kyoto Accord

 
Firebug Home Protection Sprinkler Kit Contents
 

Kit Contents
  • 1 Firebug Aluminum 4 Port Manifold
  • 1 1” x 3/4” Adaptor
  • 1 3/4” Garden Hose Adaptor
  • 2 50’ lengths 3/4” Fire Hose
  • 2 100’ lengths 3/4” Fire Hose
  • 4 Heavy Duty Aluminum / Brass Sprinkler Assembly
  • 4 Quick-mount Fascia Brackets
  • 100 foot diameter coverage protection per sprinkler.

 
 
 
Firebug Manifold













Sprinkley Assembly with Quick Mount Fascia Bracket


Installation instructions:
  1. Affix quick-mount fascia brackets with the directional arrow facing up to fascia of building using the screws provided. Two screws are required on each side of the bracket.
  2. Connect fire hose (#5 or #6) according to the distance from the bracket to the intended water source to the sprinkler assembly (#7).
  3. Insert sprinkler assembly and hose into bracket. Place hose into notched cut-out and slide sprinkler downward. Be sure that notch on the sprinkler assembly is lined up with notched cut-out on bracket.
  4. Remove fire department connection (#2) from the FIREBUG manifold (#1) unless water source is a fire department water source.
  5. Connect 1” x 3/4” hose adapter (#3) to the FIREBUG manifold (#1) at the large single opening.
  6. Connect 3/4” hose adapter (#4) to a 1” x 3/4” hose adapter (#3). This step may come pre-assembled.
  7. Connect the FIREBUG manifold (#1) to the water source using the hose connection applied. If water source connection is 1”, remove the 3/4” adapter and connect directly to the 1” adapter (#3).
  8. Connect fire hose from sprinkler assembly (#5 or #6) to one of the four FIREBUG manifold (#1) connections. Be sure that the valve connection of the FIREBUG manifold is in the closed position before connecting.
  9. Insure that all hose connections are secured tightly without leaking.
  10. Turn the water source on according to manufacturer’s directions.
  11. Turn the FIREBUG manifold valve SLOWLY to the on position. Air will release and sprinkler should begin dispensing water at this point.

To install additional sprinklers to a building, repeat steps 1 to 3 before continuing with step 4.

To install additional sprinkler assemblies, repeat steps 8 and 9 before continuing with step 10 and 11.

To use high pressure water nozzle (#9), simply connect the nozzle to a hose (#5 or #6) and proceed with steps 8 to 11.

The FIREBUG manifold easily and quickly connects to a fire truck, fire pump or garden hose
 
Sprinkler 3
 
Home Protection System
 
Protect your family from the heartbreak and devastation of property loss due to forest fire!
  • The Firebug system can be "pre-installed" on any building in less than 1 hour. Once in place, the system can be set up and fully charged and operational within minutes.
  • Designed for 3/4", 1" and 1 1/2" water hook ups.
  • 100 foot diameter coverage protection per sprinkler.
 

Figure 1 above shows a typical home installation with Sprinkler Brackets pre-mounted to the fascia board. In the event of a threatening fire, each sprinkler head, with hose attached, simply slides into the pre-mounted bracket. Supply water and the Home Fire Protection System will distribute water to protect your house and surrounding property.
System Contents
  • 1 Firebug Aluminum 4 Port Manifold
  • 2 50' lengths 3/4" Fire Hose
  • 2 100' lengths 3/4" Fire Hose
  • 4 Heavy Duty Aluminum/Brass Sprinkler Assembly
  • 4 Quick-mount Fascia Brackets
  • 1 Carry All Bag
 
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