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Good fire safety management saves lives and protects property

Sprinklers activate when a certain level of heat is detected at ceiling level. The sprinklers then douse the fire with water, localising the fire and restricting the spread. Only sprinklers within close proximity to the fire will be activated, meaning water will only be released in the places directly affected by the fire. They do not operate all at once as portrayed in the movies. Their
life and property saving benefits are recognised by building regulators, the
Fire and Rescue Service and the general public.

The picture below shows commercial premises that had a fire that was suppressed by a sprinkler system.

Damage with a sprinkler fitted

The next picture shows similar commercial premises that have had a fire without a sprinkler system fitted with devastating consequences.

Damage without a sprinkler fitted

Non-Domestic (Commercial) Properties

There is a compelling case to be made for sprinklers in any commercial premises on the basis of loss of production or interruption to business as this is a real impediment to business continuity and productivity. It is recognised that 85% of small and medium size businesses that suffer a serious fire either never recover or cease trading within 18 months. The installation of sprinklers in these types of premises could prevent this lose due to fire would reduce, and fewer businesses would be forced to relocate.

Sprinklers can now allow much more interesting use of space. New building codes work on a performance based approach to the safety of a building, so including sprinklers, designers can achieve greater freedom to fulfil their overall vision.

Stay Safe - Fit a commercial sprinkler system (PDF)

Progress of a fire in commercial building (PDF)

 

Facts

  • Only the sprinkler head(s) directly affected by fire will activate
  • Sprinklers attack the fire quickly and directly so less water is needed as they also operate the fire alarm, the flow can be quickly turned off when the fire is out
  • Operational smoke detectors do save lives, however they do nothing to extinguish a growing fire
  • The odds of winning the lottery are greater than the 16 million to one chance of a sprinkler malfunctioning.

Useful links

BAFSA (see Sprinkler Information)

National Fire Sprinkler Network - http://www.nfsn.co.uk/newsflash.php

 

Water UK - http://www.water.org.uk/home/policy/positions/fire-sprinklers

Sprinklers - The Home Truths - YouTube

 

 

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