Shutgun, the Ingenious New Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool, Will be Introduced to the IFMA Conference Attendees this Oct. 26 - 28 in Phoenix, AZ.

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Shutgun, Fire Sprinkler Deactivation Tool, will be introduced to the International Facility Managment Association (IFMA) members and to the Hotel industry in particular because accidental fire sprinkler activations are not uncommon events in these buildings. More than one wedding gown has been ruined by a bride-to-be hanging her gown from the fire sprinkler head in her hotel room.

Shutgun in action

Please do not hang garments from the sprinkler heads.

Shutgun, Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool, invited to 'stay' in Hotels around the world

Hotels and accidental fire sprinkler activations seem to have their own dynamic. What seems to set them apart from other buildings is that few places have the constant influx of diverse visitors that a hotel does. The fact that in many hotel rooms there are signs that say, ‘Please do not hang garments from the fire sprinkler heads’, is a clear message that accidental fire sprinkler activations are not an uncommon occurrence.

More than once a wedding gown has been ruined just prior to the wedding by an unsuspecting bride-to-be hanging her dress from the sprinkler head. It is not hard to imagine. Wedding dresses with their long trains often don’t fit properly in closets. The sprinkler head looks high enough that once hung there the dress will not wrinkle. Unfortunately, when a sprinkler head is activated the dress is ruined beyond repair.

Other common activations can be caused by something as simple as a maid flicking a bed sheet that gets caught in the sprinkler head or a painter getting a dab of paint on the sprinkler head then trying to rub it off or kids having a pillow fight.

The amount of water that comes out of a fire sprinkler head can fill a bathtub in 2 minutes. Sometimes guests panic and don’t report the problem immediately which results in serious water damage. Or worse, the sprinkler water shut off system is in a room with a locked door!

For these and other reasons hotel property managers are buying Shutguns.

One property manager said that in 17 years of being in the hotel industry he has seen countless accidental fire sprinkler activations but only one activation was a direct result of a fire. For this reason, he carries his Shutgun with him at all times. Why not? Shutgun is a one-handed tool that shuts off fire sprinkler heads fast and it fits comfortably in his pocket.

Shutgun will be at the International Facility Management Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona from October 26th to the 28th, 2011. Drop by if you are in the neighbourhood and visit Greg Patterson, President of Technicraft Product Design Inc., the developers of the Shutgun Fire Sprinkler Deactivation Tool.
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