Fire sprinkler systems are highly effective at controlling fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In an NFPA study from 2010-2014, the agency found that sprinklers operated in 92% of fires that were large enough to trigger the sprinklers, and effectively controlled the fires in 96% of those situations.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a key component of many fire suppression systems, forming a pipe network for fire hydrants and fire sprinkler systems. Safety and reliability are critical for fire suppression systems and polyethylene pipe fits the bill. HDPE pipes are durable, flexible and nearly maintenance-free.
Residential and industrial fire suppression systems
Fire suppression systems are used to extinguish, control or prevent fires. Underground fire loops are mains that supply water for industrial fire protection systems, like fire hydrants, sprinkler systems and standpipes. The fire loops connect to city or municipal water mains to transport water to the fire protection systems.
Fire protection systems are used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Residential settings include apartments, homes, condos and hotels. Sprinkler systems have proven to be highly effective at saving lives and many jurisdictions require them to be installed in new residences.
Industrial fire protection systems include those in manufacturing facilities, power plants, fuel storage facilities, refineries, petrochemical plants, warehouses and onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities. Fire protection systems are especially critical for industrial facilities involving volatile chemicals and fire-prone materials.
Fire protection system safety is governed by the NFPA, an international non-profit organization that has developed more than 300 codes and standards for fire protection systems. The FM Global Group certifies fire protection equipment, including the HDPE pipe used in fire suppression systems. United Poly Systems recently received FM approval to manufacture PE4710, Alathon L4940LS and Alathon L5008HP polyethylene pipe in 2–24 inch diameters.
Why is HDPE pipe ideal for firewater systems?
HDPE pipe has many qualities that set it apart from copper and iron pipe.
United Poly Systems HDPE pipe for underground fire loops
Products in the United Poly Systems’ Water-Line suite are ideal for fire protection systems. These products are FM Approved and are manufactured in 4-24 in. diameters, SDR 11 (200 psi), SDR 9 (250 psi) and SDR 7 (335 psi).
About United Poly Systems
All UPS products are manufactured in the United States at our facilities in Springfield, Missouri, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are compliant with the Buy American Act requiring U.S. Federal Agencies to purchase materials and products that are sourced domestically. Our centralized locations allow us to quickly deliver to most of the U.S.