Firefighters in Wiltshire have praised automatic sprinklers following a flat fire in Salisbury. The sprinklers extinguished the blaze almost immediately. Not only was the damage contained, water damage was minimal.
The fire was reported in a property at Avon Reach on Wednesday morning. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently promoting the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in residential properties.
Group Manager Tim Gray, the head of fire safety, told the Salisbury Journal : “Because of the quick activation of sprinklers, not only did the occupier escape unharmed, the damage to the flat was minimal. Automatic sprinkler systems are one of the best ways to suppress a fire at the earliest opportunity.
“On this occasion, only one fire crew from Salisbury was required to attend, and no further firefighting was needed as the single sprinkler head had extinguished the fire, which was caused by lit tealights being left on a windowsill before igniting the curtains.”
Promoting automatic sprinklers in homes
The Fire and Rescue Service says it supports developers and works with local authority building control departments to promote the use of sprinklers where possible.
There is currently no legislative requirement for sprinkler systems in residential premises, so the service works with other organisations, including the National Fire Sprinkler Network, to promote sprinklers for both new builds and retro-fitting.
Integrated fire safety
Srinkler systems can be attached to sprinkler tanks. They hold water to fight fires and for no other purpose. Having a dedicated water source to tackle a blaze can ensure a fire is contained quickly. A sprinkler tank is especially beneficial in larger buildings, including public places such as hospitals, libaries and office buildings.
You can find out more about the benefits of sprinkler tanks from Nationwide Water Solutions. It is the UK’s leading independent supplier and installer of sprinkler tanks. The company also maintains existing tanks and conducts independent annual checks on sprinkler tanks. For further information, visit the the website.