DOMESTIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

Fire sprinkler systems – the best protection.

The danger to life and damage to property resulting from fire is a high cost to pay for inadequate fire protection.

Increasing public awareness to the hazards of fire, together with the use of smoke detectors, will help reduce the risk to injury or death.

Whilst smoke detectors give warning of fire, they do nothing to extinguish it.  How the fire is dealt with in the first four minutes can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

In an unprotected environment, just four minutes after a fire has started it is out of control and the building may be lost entirely.  In a building protected by a fire sprinkler system, the fire is contained and controlled immediately, and the possibility or personal injury is dramatically reduced.

In fact, the greatest danger to life is the inhalation of toxic fumes generated by a fire long before it has had a chance to engulf the building structure.   Early warning of a fire by using smoke detectors will reduce the risk of losing a life by up to 50%, if a fire can also be extinguished early, the effect is even more dramatic.  Using a combination of sprinklers and smoke detectors, the potential reduction in the loss of life is almost doubled to up to 98.5%.

Did you know that . . .

  • Automatic sprinkler systems are used more than any other fixed fire protection system and over 40 million sprinklers are fitted world-wide each year.
  • Sprinkler systems have been proven in use for well over 100 years.  Possibly the oldest in Britain was fitted at the
  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the updated form is still in use today.
  • Losses from fires in buildings protected with sprinklers are estimated to be 1 in 10 of those in unprotected buildings.
  • There have been no multiple fire deaths in the UK as a result of a fire in a dwelling with a working sprinkler system.
AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM FACTS
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FACT No.1

You have 97% chance of surviving a house fire if an automatic sprinkler system is fitted.

FACT No.2

No-one has ever died in a UK home fire that was protected by a fully maintained sprinkler system.

FACT No.3

The chance of a sprinkler system false alarm is around 1 in 60,000,000 (per year of service).

FACT No.4

Installation of sprinkler system is estimated to make up around 1% of the total building cost.
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