Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Sprinkler Week, running from Sunday 19 May to Friday 24 May.
The focus of the week is to raise awareness of the benefits of installing sprinklers in buildings. Sprinkler systems operate when they detect a rapid rise in temperature; this sounds the alarm in a similar way to a smoke detector but has the added ability to know where the heat was detected and opens sprinklers in that area only.
Research shows that sprinklers have a very high reliability rate of 94% and, when they do operate, they extinguish or contain the fire 99% of the time. The evidence also demonstrated that in both converted and purpose built flats, sprinklers are 100% effective in controlling fires.
Chief Fire Officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Kieran Amos said:
‘Sprinklers are the most effective way to ensure that fires are suppressed or even extinguished before the fire service can arrive. Houses which suffer severe fires can take years to be made habitable again and many actually end up being demolished. Rooms protected by domestic sprinklers can be back in use within a few days or even hours, and the rest of the house is usually unaffected.
“Research proves that sprinklers are very effective and provide excellent protections as part of a fire safety package, but this is not yet fully realised across the UK. Wales and Scotland have recognised the benefits of sprinklers and have implemented measures to make their communities safer from fire. Hopefully this campaign will promote greater awareness of the effectiveness of sprinklers and will result in the undoubted benefits that they bring being realised across the whole of the UK.”
For further information about sprinklers, visit: https://www.bafsa.org.uk/