The intervention of a sprinkler system can efficiently and effectively reduce heat, flame and smoke in a developing fire. These systems have been around for more than a century and have become more accessible for installation in commercial and residential settings.
Read our selection of short pieces about fire incidents
where sprinkler systems prevented a more serious outcome.
These cases highlight how sprinklers have the potential to limit fire damage, protect key information, minimise disruption and, most importantly, protect life.
The moment the sprinkler is activated is the moment efforts to mitigate fire development start. These systems can be installed in all kinds of commercial and residential buildings.
Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartwright said: “Sprinklers are an excellent way of preventing a fire taking hold and putting it out before it has chance to spread.”
Sprinklers can cause lots of water damage if they leak
Untrue…leaks are generally the result of vandalism and if a leak did occur it would cause no more damage than and other pipework in the building.
Sprinkler heads may accidentally activate, causing unnecessary damage
Untrue…cigarettes, burnt toast or activated smoke alarms, will not activate a sprinkler head. Only a high temperature will activate the head.
When activated, a sprinkler system will flood the building with water
Untrue…only the sprinkler head nearest the fire will activate, spraying water onto the fire. This immediate intervention means that a sprinkler system typically uses only 10% of the water a responding fire crew would use.
Sprinkler systems are expensive to install
Untrue…The cost is often less than that of replacing carpets in a house, with the added benefit that home insurance premiums may be reduced.
It has been proven that sprinklers can be effective in the rapid suppression of fires and therefore East Sussex Fire Authority is committed to reducing the impact of fire on people, property and the environment.
Latest Update : 13 October 2016