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Fire Protection Facts

In the UK, statistics show that there has never been a multiple loss of life in a fully sprinklered building.

In buildings fully protected by sprinklers, 99% of fires were controlled by sprinklers alone and 60% of fires were controlled by the spray from no more than 4 sprinklers.

Sprinklers use much less water than the Fire and Rescue Service. Because a sprinkler system tackles the fire immediately, it only has a small fire to deal with. A fire sprinkler uses 1-4% of the water discharged by each fire hose, so in the event of a fire, sprinklers will minimise water damage.

Accidental discharge of water due to manufacturing defects is 1 in 14,000,000 (per year of service)

By including fire sprinklers in a new development the developer can reduce land development costs as buildings can be placed closer together (the spacing required between them can be reduced by up to 50%). Also, certain requirements in respect of access for the fire service may be relaxed - overcoming some common problems when developing new sites: restricted or narrow access for fire services, length of driveway and restricted turning space.

Incorporating fire sprinklers into new build developments can achieve reduced build costs by permitting the relaxation of certain passive fire protection measures, providing additional flexibility to designers and developers. In unusual or unconventional buildings the inclusion of sprinklers can allow building regulations compliance in a very cost effective manner and allow your architects or designers to implement stylish or unorthodox features in their designs such as ‘open plan’ designs in three-storey dwellings and apartments.

Sprinklers can compensate in developments where building regulations cannot be complied with in respect of a means of escape or ensuring adequate access for the fire services. If a change of use is being considered, installing sprinklers is often the only way that a “means of escape” requirement can be achieved.

In retail premises, sprinklers can be taken into account when calculating fire growth and smoke volume. This is turn allows the approval of longer distances of travel to exits.

In residential care homes fitted with sprinkler protection can adopt a policy of delayed evacuation in the event of a fire alarm and the usual requirements to fit self-closers to all bedroom doors may be relaxed.

In environments sensitive to water damage, such as clean rooms, food processing lines, industrial oil cookers etc, special fire protection measures such as water mist systems can provide enhanced property protection by their overall cooling and air scrubbing effects to minimise downtime in the event of a fire.

Furthermore, once your premises are established, a sprinkler system can automatically raise the alarm, rapidly control a fire and vastly reduce the rate of production of heat and smoke. This combines to allow more time for occupants to escape without the need for them to attempt to tackle the fire themselves.

Modern sprinklers are specially designed to meet the needs of architects in offices, hotels, shops, hospitals and prestige buildings. They are compact and unobtrusive. In many buildings the public will be unaware that sprinklers have been fitted.

Miniature sprinklers are little bigger than a 50p piece and are neat and robust. They can be fitted with ceiling rosettes and painted to match any colour scheme.

Concealed sprinklers are recessed and covered by a flat plate flush with the ceiling. They are so well designed as to be hardly noticable. Concealed sprinklers are ideal for clean areas, where there is restricted headroom or where vandalism is a potential problem.

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