A FEW FACTS ON SPRINKLER SYSTEMS:
- There have been no multiple fire deaths in the UK as a result of a fire in a dwelling with a working sprinkler system.
- US experience shows than 98% of all fires in sprinklered dwellings are extinguished with only one sprinkler head operating.
- The same data suggests there is a 57% reduction in the likelihood of death for those in the room of origin.
- Only the sprinkler heads in the immediate vicinity of the fire actually operate.
- Sprinkler heads can be completely concealed.
- Sprinkler systems do not need pumps or tanks if mains pressure is adequate.
- Sprinklered buildings prevent fire fighter deaths.
- Sprinklers do not ‘false alarm’ – they will only operate if there is an actual fire.
- For a small additional cost, a water flow alarm can be installed in the system which will call the fire and rescue service automatically should the sprinklers operate.
- Maintenance costs for sprinklers are very low.
- Sprinklers save lives – and property – and are the only devices which can detect a fire, sound the alarm, call the fire and rescue service and extinguish or control the fire.
- Finally, despite many preconceptions and misinformation, sprinklers are not difficult, unsightly or expensive to install in homes or dwellings of any size.
- Since the UK started to take the idea of sprinklered homes seriously in the late 1990’s, it has been estimated that 35 lives have already been saved by the systems
Information source BAFSA website www.bafsa.org.uk
Link to BBC news sprinkler story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18482861