Reply To: Misting fire suppression systems

Jenny Arena

Hi Samantha, Here’s some input from our resident expert here at Heritage Preservation (Lori Foley, VP of Emergency Programs): The more complicated the fire suppression system, the more expensive — to install and to maintain. The standard wet pipe sprinklers systems are still considered the most reliable, still provide the best protection for collections, and are the least expensive to install and maintain. Unless the collection contains objects that will suffer irreparable damage from the release of large quantities of water, your institution should weigh cost versus risk. For more information, see NEDCC’s technical leaflet 3.2 An Introduction to Fire Detection, Alarm, and Automatic Fire Sprinklers,,-alarm,-and-automatic-fire-sprinklers.