A sprinkler system works by discharging a spray of water when it detects fire or high temperatures, therefore extinguishing any flames at source and deliver benefits that far exceed the cost of installation and maintenance.

If businesses in Cheshire fitted sprinklers in their premises it would help prevent damage from needless fires.

It is estimated that commercial fires cost more than £2bn to the UK's economy every year and the Department for Communities and Local Government estimates the cost of a fire fatality at £1.65m.

In light of this Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wants business owners, builders, developers, managers and planners to consider installing sprinklers, especially where there is a risk-based case for doing so.

Cheshire Fire Authority is committed to reducing the impact of fire on people, property and the environment. Sprinklers are effective in controlling and putting out fires. They improve the safety of building occupants, the community in general and firefighters.

Cheshire Fire Authority - Sprinkler pledge (new window, PDF 292KB)

Last updated: Wednesday 15 February 2023