Fire, Security & Life Safety Systems
Fire Sprinkler System
A fire sprinkler system can be one of the most effective ways to control and extinguish a fire that starts anywhere on your business premises. Sprinkler systems can form a part of your fire suppression systems, especially in certain businesses that deal with flammable goods.
What is a Fire Sprinkler System?
A fire sprinkler system is a network of pipes that are connected to a water supply. These pipes lead to sprinklers that are placed throughout the building at specific intervals. When the fire alarm sounds, the water is released from the sprinklers and onto the fire, with the aim of extinguishing it quickly.
There are also some non-water fire sprinkler systems, which use chemicals to extinguish the fire, but these are not the most common systems used in the UK.
Fire water sprinkler systems are covered by the BS 9251 British Standard, which gives fire sprinkler systems their own classification. This standard also provides guidance on the design, installation, and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems.
The Benefits of Fire Sprinkler Systems
One of the main benefits of fire sprinkler systems is that they can extinguish a fire before it has a chance to spread. This is because the water is released as soon as the fire alarm sounds, meaning that the fire will be put out quickly.
Another benefit of fire sprinkler systems is that they can help to protect your property from smoke damage. This is because the water that is released from the sprinklers will help to clear the smoke from the air, which can reduce the amount of damage that is caused by smoke.
Paired with the right fire detection system, sprinklers can start before any human has even noticed the fire starting.
Fire sprinkler systems can also help to protect your employees and customers from being injured in a fire. Some people also choose temporary fire sprinkler systems to protect people while work is being carried out.
Are Sprinkler Systems a Legal Requirement?
In some cases, fire sprinkler systems are a legal requirement. This is usually the case in large buildings, covering 20,000 square metres or more.
That doesn’t mean that they aren’t a good idea in smaller buildings though. In fact, fire sprinkler systems are often seen as a valuable asset by insurance companies, and may help to reduce your insurance premiums.
It is a legal requirement for the occupiers of all premises to have a fire safety risk assessment which is regularly updated, and this may include the recommendation to install a fire sprinkler system.
Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance
If you already have a fire sprinkler system, you should make sure that it is regularly tested and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help to ensure that it is always in good working order and ready to use in the event of a fire.
It is outlined within the British Standard BS 9251 that your system must be adequately maintained and that an annual service by a competent professional is carried out.
This service will check things like the water pressure, the condition of the sprinkler heads, and the fire alarm system that is linked to the sprinklers.
Robinsons Facilities Services can work with your Yorkshire-based business to maintain fire sprinkler systems within the legal requirements. We can also provide you with a fire risk assessment to help you identify any other fire safety measures that you may need to put in place.
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Fire Sprinkler System FAQs
Sprinklers involve a network of pipes and sprinklers that are activated once there is an alarm and the room hits a certain temperature. The water can put out the fire or at least stop it from spreading.
Not everyone is able to install and maintain a fire sprinkler system. The installer must be trained to LPCB standard and able to show that they are competent. The design must also be based on accurate and reliable drawings and plans.
BS 9251 is the main British Standard that deals with fire sprinklers in the UK, and it outlines the requirements for the design, installation and commission of a sprinkler system within your business.
It isn’t necessarily a case of “one or the other”. Smoke detectors add another layer of safety and precaution and even if you have a sprinkler system, other fire detection methods are advisable.