Service supports National Sprinkler Week 2014

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the first National Sprinkler Week and is encouraging landlords and housing associations to consider retro-fitting sprinklers in properties where people are most at risk from fire.

The national campaign will be launched at the House of Commons and starts on February, 3 and will run for seven days. It will raise awareness about sprinklers and focus on the protection they provide, not only to lives but also property and livelihood.

Keith Brookes, Head of Prevention and Protection said: “No lives have been lost in the UK due to fire in domestic homes fitted with domestic sprinkler systems.

“Sprinklers protect against the real cost of fires on people, communities, property, business sustainability, the environment and the economy.”

Staff from the Service will be engaging with a number of local businesses, social housing landlords and schools in the area, raising the profile of sprinklers and dispelling some of the myths. These include:

When there is a fire all the sprinkler heads go off at once.
Wrong. Each head is independent and only the head(s) adjacent to the fire go off as the heads are activated by heat and not smoke

Water damage is as bad as the fire damage.
Wrong. A typical sprinkler discharges 55 litres per minute. A firefighting hose discharges over 600 litres per minute. You can expect a sprinkler to discharge less than 5% of the water used by the fire service.

Sprinklers can go off accidentally.
Wrong. Records show that the chance of an accidental discharge from a sprinkler is in the region of 16 million to one.

The Service aims to initially encourage the retro fitting of a sprinkler system into one high-rise building in each of the four unitary areas in Cheshire but hopes that this will increase to include many more in time. It also hopes to encourage sprinklers to be installed in all such new builds as standard.

Cheshire Fire Authority member, Councillor Bob Rudd said: “Sprinklers are the equivalent to having a firefighter ready and waiting in every room of your home and business.

“Sprinklers suppress fire before it has a chance to take hold and spread which in turn limits the damage it causes to buildings and property. This makes the device an ideal choice for property management companies and local authority housing associations to help protect their assets from fire, but also to keep tenants and their families safe.”

Sprinkler week 2014 is supported by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and by Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

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For more information about the activities staff will be taking part in during the week long campaign or for interviews or photo opportunities please contact Helen Crick on 01606 868821 or email helen.crick@cheshirefire.gov.uk


Date published: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:10:56 GMT

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