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Old 07-20-2013, 07:21 AM   #16
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Usually when a sprinkler head is activated because someone hung something off it or struck it, it is because the frangible bulb or fusible link was broken not because the head itself broke off.
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This is why lots of hotels have signs on the sprinklers to discourage people from hanging clothing/hangers off the sprinkler. I've seen this happen all too often. I can't remember if disney hotels have these signs. That's the first thing I thought of when I read the OP.
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A Dis friend is there now and he told me that there is a clean up crew on site. It was about 6 families (rooms) that had to be moved. The Mara is being fixed now. New tile was going up at around 3:00 this morning. Said it should reopen shortly. - not sure if that means today or not. We check in on July 29th. I don't anticipate it being a problem still by the way he described it.
I am constantly amazed at how fast Disney works on these kinds of things (the Mine Train is another story....).

I need DIsney to train my husband on the art of getting stuff done fast (kitchen has been in a state of remodel for 11 months now..).

What a mess for the few rooms involved.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:22 AM   #18
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The OP said it was 40 minutes, not 4 hours.
Oops, My bad.

That makes alot more sense. It was probably more like 10 minutes to get the sprinkler shut off and then another 30 minutes waiting for the upper floors to drain below the point of the leak. Although a newer building such as this likely has shutoffs on every floor or even section of floor.

Sprinkler heads can be wedged to block the flow and limit the damage while you wait for the system to drain. You get soaked doing this and as such is a job usually relegated to the junior firefighter who is immediately available. An often heard quote: "time to get wet probie!"
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A Dis friend is there now and he told me that there is a clean up crew on site. It was about 6 families (rooms) that had to be moved. The Mara is being fixed now. New tile was going up at around 3:00 this morning. Said it should reopen shortly. - not sure if that means today or not. We check in on July 29th. I don't anticipate it being a problem still by the way he described it.
Thanks for this info. It makes me feel so much better.
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Mara was reopened this morning and things were looking much better this afternoon
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #21
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I feel bad for everyone affected but especially the person responsible. It's never fun to be shamed on vacation.

I once clogged the toilet right after arriving at a hotel in Hawaii and had to call the janitor. That was embarrassing enough. At least I didn't have to have firefighters go into my room in front of other guests to fix my problem.
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I just got back home and other than dryers in the 2nd floor hall, I never noticed thing. Mara was fine and I don't remember seeing anything on the 3rd floor.

My husband is a firefighter and once, someone hung a candle on the wall sprinkler ... And it blew.
I am in construction and someone would really have to hit that head hard to dislodge the wax cap or head itself.

40 minutes may seem like a long time, but the fire dept has to get there.. Determine that it isn't an actual fire before closing off the system.
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Where I live a student flew a toy helicopter into a sprinkler head causing the school to flood. It apparently caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.
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yep.. most commercial structures have a 30 - 90 gallon per minute set up
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #25
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I was thinking hanger on a sprinkler head, too. Nothing people do in hotels surprises me anymore. We were in an extended stay resort in South Carolina on one of my husband's long term business trips several years ago (DS wasn't in school yet, so we made a vacation of it). In the middle of the night, the fire alarm went off. We could hear the fire trucks coming. Jumped out of bed and headed down the stairs. After we had been outside for a few minutes, a very kind and slightly irritated fireman told us it was safe to go back in.

The next morning, we asked the front desk staff what had happened (they all were very sweet and since we had been there for a while, we had struck up a friendship). Seems a guest had come back from the beach and was cold. So, he decided to take the sheets off the bed and heat them in the microwave so he could warm up. I thought she was joking. Nope. I was speechless. I guess to someone out there in the world, the most natural thing isn't to take a hot bath or turn off the AC when he is cold. It makes much more sense to put something flammable in the microwave.

Anyway, glad things worked out at AKL!
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I was thinking hanger on a sprinkler head, too. Nothing people do in hotels surprises me anymore. We were in an extended stay resort in South Carolina on one of my husband's long term business trips several years ago (DS wasn't in school yet, so we made a vacation of it). In the middle of the night, the fire alarm went off. We could hear the fire trucks coming. Jumped out of bed and headed down the stairs. After we had been outside for a few minutes, a very kind and slightly irritated fireman told us it was safe to go back in.

The next morning, we asked the front desk staff what had happened (they all were very sweet and since we had been there for a while, we had struck up a friendship). Seems a guest had come back from the beach and was cold. So, he decided to take the sheets off the bed and heat them in the microwave so he could warm up. I thought she was joking. Nope. I was speechless. I guess to someone out there in the world, the most natural thing isn't to take a hot bath or turn off the AC when he is cold. It makes much more sense to put something flammable in the microwave.

Anyway, glad things worked out at AKL!
You know, that one takes the cake.

I work as a construction project manager for the government, and we are in the process of putting sprinklers in all of our remaining buildings that have not previously had them.

This is where people would make what I call - a people problem into a building problem. And we have to continually think of new and interesting ways to make sure people don't make mistakes like this.

Who would have thought, that instead of turning down the A/C unit, he did that. Ugh. That is what always bothers me, when someone gets blamed eventually for what is clearly a people problem.
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The next morning, we asked the front desk staff what had happened (they all were very sweet and since we had been there for a while, we had struck up a friendship). Seems a guest had come back from the beach and was cold. So, he decided to take the sheets off the bed and heat them in the microwave so he could warm up. I thought she was joking. Nope. I was speechless. I guess to someone out there in the world, the most natural thing isn't to take a hot bath or turn off the AC when he is cold. It makes much more sense to put something flammable in the microwave.


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when I worked in a hospital ER, people would come in and if they needed a warm blanket, we would stick it in the microwave (for about a minute) to give patients. I still use this trick today to warm a towel for my puppy...but I stand there and watch it (yes..I am the wife..but I totally stand there and watch it..sounds like that guy left it in there for a LONG time!
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