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5 Surprising Facts About Fire Tanks

Fire tanks, commonly known in the UK as sprinkler tanks, play a vital role in the protection of property and lives. But, in the current rush to discuss the benefits of automatic sprinkler systems, they are often overlooked. In fact, sprinkler tanks guarantee the supply of water to sprinkler heads in the event of an emergency.

With a fire stank on standby, a fire can be out before the emergency services arrive. Water supresses the blaze before it can take hold and spread. Thousands of lives are saved every year and losses reduced as a result of sprinkler tanks. Here are five facts about fire tanks that you may not know:

1. Not all fire tanks are the same

Sprinkler tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made from different materials. The exact specifications of each tank should be designed to meet the demands of its intended environment. Options offered by Nationwide Water Solutions Limited include galvanised steel tanks with internal linings and fully sealed sectional tanks.

2. Sprinkler tanks require maintenance

That’s right. Fire tanks should be inspected at least annually to ensure they are primed to supply water to sprinkler heads when required.

3. Fire tanks do not have to be drained for an inspection

Modern inspection techniques include the use of underwater camera equipment. This means your sprinkler system is still on standby to fight a fire during the inspection process.

4. Sprinkler tanks can be repaired

With a range of lining and coating options, most tanks displaying signs of minor wear and tear and leaks can be repaired. An inspection will highlight if your tank if suitable for repair work.

5. Fire tank linings can be replaced

Nationwide Water Solutions helps businesses and public bodies extend the life of sprinkler tanks with lining systems that are guaranteed for years.

Want to know more about sprinkler tanks and how they can boost your firefighting capacity and provide robust loss reduction? Talk to Nationwide Solutions Limited.

What? Sprinklers in ALL homes?

New regulations in the US often go on to be implemented by other countries, including the UK. That is why Nationwide Water Solutions Limited, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of sprinkler tank products and services, predicted sprinklers could one day be a feature of building and fire safety regulations here, across the pond. Are you worried sprinklers will have to be fitted in all homes? Read on…

Unfortunately, it took the loss of multiple lives and real outrage to make the British government look again at fire safety regulations. The impact of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy is now being felt. As a Government review considers what changes may need to be made to make buildings safer, reports are coming out from independent bodies that suggest every residential property in the UK should be fitted with sprinklers.

 

Will it ever happen?

The cost of retrofitting sprinklers in every property in England means it is unlikely, in our opinion, that all homes will be compelled to have sprinklers. However, it is looking ever-more likely that certain properties will be required to have sprinklers within the next five years.

In our estimation, we believe the following types of property will have to be retrofitted with sprinklers:

  • High-rise blocks of flats
  • Care homes
  • Some council and housing association properties accommodating vulnerable tenants, such as the elderly
  • Some public buildings

 

Nationwide Water Solutions Limited believes the following types of new builds are likely to require sprinkler systems in the medium-term future:

  • New builds over a set number of storeys
  • All new schools
  • New care homes

 

Why is this happening?

The tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower has highlighted the need to bring fire safety and building regulations up to a higher standard. Failings at the London blaze illustrated how current precautions are not working. People are dying because modern fire protection equipment is not being installed.

 

What should I do now if I own homes?

If you represent a social housing provider, school, developer, are a private landlord or own a care home, plan ahead. You need to budget for a sprinkler system. If you want to know more about sprinkler tanks and the role they play in delivering water to sprinkler heads, talk to Nationwide Water Solutions. Worried that your sprinkler tank has not been inspected in the past 12 months? Book an inspection today.