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"Stars" that Help to Extinguish a Fire 14
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    Touch wood, when a fire breaks out, the fire services installations in a property will be able to extinguish it before it spreads! And the first line of defense is the sprinkler system.


    Hidden above our heads and often unnoticed, a sprinkler system is a real lifesaver in the event of a fire. The star-shaped sprinkler heads, which can either be exposed or concealed behind a cover plate, are sensitive to heat, and when they detect the heat of a fire in the area, they activate and discharge water to extinguish the fire. Because the coverage of each sprinkler head is limited, they need to be placed in carefully measured patterns to leave no area uncovered.


    Because of their important role in saving lives, the Hong Kong Fire Services Department has, since 1987, made it mandatory for the commercial portions of composite building other than the domestic parts to have an automatic sprinkler system installed.

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