Roof-Top Sprinkler SystemsFACT: In the face of an advancing wildfire, a structure with a properly implemented FireSmart Program in combination with an operational exterior rooftop sprinkler system, has a survival probability of above 90%.
Sprinklers are one of the oldest methods but one of the newest technologies in wildfire control and property fire protection in wildland areas. Unlike the sprinkler systems found inside buildings, these outdoor units are not intended to put out a fire. Instead, they work in the following manner:
This approach has proven to be highly effective with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources being internationally recognized as leaders in the area. When Ontario is sends forestfire fighting personnel to other provinces or countries, sprinkler crews make up a significant component of the team.
Various components are available to provide you with complete protection including:
A rooftop sprinkler system is not just for fire protection. Because it is designed to provide gentle water distribution over a large area, it is a perfect means of keeping your landscape green and lush. On a hot summer day, it will even provide natural cooling - no need for an air conditioning system. Not only will your surroundings look attractive (when everything around you is dried and brown) but it will be fire safe.
Take a look at Protect Your Home From Wildfire (2 pages, 1196 KB) -- a brochure from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Another reference — Wildfire Water Pumping and Sprinkler System Handbook, 2nd Edition (31 pages, 2,182 KB) by Jason Gogal, P.Eng.
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Designed primarily for attachment to a vertical surface such as a roof fascia, to support 1 sprinkler head. Bracket backplate is 8" by 5" by 3/16" aluminum plate welded to 3/4" NPT threaded tube on a 1.25"
offset. Mounting plate has 4 pre-drilled holes. Additional mounting holes can be easily be field drilled for precise placement. Bracket plate can be trimmed for custom fit.
A commercial sprinkler head (WadeRain) plus a fascia mounting bracket for attachment to a vertical surface such as a gable-end at roof peak. Sprinkler is of brass and stainless steel construction with a performance rating of 60 ft. radius and 17.6 gpm at 60 psi. Female garden hose fitting is standard on assembly unit.
Hydro-Wick Spike Sprinkler
The Hydro-Wick heavy duty sprinkler is designed for use with standard forestry fire pumps. A high performance model with applications including prescribed burns, exterior building protection, and fire line protection. Also works well for landscape watering and general cooling on a hot summer day. Supplied with splitter type nozzle and 2 extra nozzles of different sizes. Has spike support with mounting holes providing for a variety of placement options. Female GHT fitting is standard allowing connection to garden hose style coupling.
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