Sprinklers in the Closet

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    Feb 07, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    I was lying down on a guy's bed about 2 years ago, and I was kinda looking inside his closet. I noticed the ceiling inside the closet had 2 sprinkler heads. I had never seen that, but thought it was so awesomely gay, "THE BUILDING'S ON FIRE, SAVE THE WARDROBE!!!!"

    Is this common? Sprinklers inside a closet? I think it's kind of amazing and ludicrous but mostly amazing since I imagine it'd soak all your clothes if there was a fire and possibly save a lot of them if it's not a raging blaze.
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    Feb 07, 2012 5:56 AM GMT
    That's fucking brilliant.
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    The sprinkler system is designed before construction ,and installed before the inside walls of each unit are put up . My unit in Townsville QLD has one in the water closet ( as they are in a separated room from the rest of the washroom ) This is my thought and understanding after they show me the blue prints while i was in the process to buy my unit .
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    Feb 07, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
    New construction in the US that requires fire suppression such as sprinklers must protect living areas, not closets alone. I can think of several reasons for what the OP saw, if within the US:

    - The closet was created after the original apartment construction, and those sprinklers were in fact originally open to the entire room.
    - The apartment building was converted from some other use, possibly an old warehouse (I've had friends who lived in such places). At the time of the renovation the local codes did not require sprinklers in apartments, and so the existing ones were not relocated. And they may not even have still been functional.

    Having 2 sprinkler heads together would be unusual in a residence. It suggests the original application was commercial/industrial, again hinting the building may have been converted from some former use.
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    Feb 07, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    I live in an 875 sqft 1 bedroom with a sunroom. It is open concept, so it's pretty much a box with a walled off bedroom and bathroom, and a 1/4 wall around the kitchen. My place was built in '98 and was a purpose built apartment complex.

    I've got 3 sprinklers in the living room, 1 in the sunroom, 2 in the bedroom, 1 in the closet, 1 in the bathroom, and 1 inside the closet where my washer/dryer sits.

    I always thought this was a bit excessive... but I suppose it's better than having 1 apartment burn the building down.
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    Feb 07, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    Was it a walkin closet? Those count as seperate rooms, so depending on local codes, and if one head wasnt enough, I can see there being two inside a walk-in closet. But the "water" contained within the system would do more damage to the wardrobe than the smoke. It is a stagnant black sludge that first comes out until the pipes flush out once the heads activate.
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    Feb 07, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    I once lived in an apartment housed in a former bank building. The bedroom closet was a walk-in and had sprinklers.