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Fire Safety Fun Facts Part One: Movie Myths

We’ve all seen it in the movies: a wisecracking kid, bank robber, or other character up to no good pulls the fire alarm to trigger the sprinkler system, causing enough confusion and mayhem to allow them to escape a sticky situation. This scene has played itself out in countless movies for decades, so that must be exactly how fire sprinkler systems work, right? Wrong! According to our resident fire sprinkler installation experts, sprinkler systems almost never get triggered by the mere pull of the alarm station on the wall. Aside from a few highly-specialized systems, the sprinkler heads are not programmed to turn on when the alarm sounds, making this convenient plot device nothing more than a Hollywood farce. If y
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