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With cold weather and below-freezing temperatures... it's a winter must to keep buildings and your home properly heated so pipes don't burst. Domestic pipes and fire sprinkler systems are completely different, but there are a few tips to keep your business and home safe from water damage.

Allen Nylin from branch manager from Blaze Restoration has seen several of these incidents this year.

"Yes, I believe this is our fourth one this year. Where a sprinkler head or pipes have frozen."

He said it's crucial to get crews in quickly when pipes burst.

Fortunately Davenport Fire Officials say sprinklers breaking is not as common

"It is pretty rare," said Fire Marshall Mike Hayman. "It's many more times more to have them activate due to a fire, which is what their purpose is and to confine that fire to a small location, prior to fire department's arrival."

Hayman suggests monitoring your sprinkler during the winter months and make sure everything stays warm.

"There are many types of systems out there, but ones that do require heat make sure your heat is kept on in the building and the building is properly insulated," said Hayman.

Lastly, Hayman said always keep sprinkler systems maintained and have them checked at least once a year.

"The purpose of sprinkler system is to extinguish fire," said Hayman. Again we see hundreds, if not thousands of fires in a small incipient stage put out by sprinkler system or at least confined by sprinkler systems."

That's why it's important to keep these mechanisms in working order.

Hayman said in Iowa, you must have a sprinkler contractor who is licensed by the state.

He also says to always make sure to check their qualifications before they inspect your sprinklers.

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