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Sprinkler Tank Advice for Care Homes

Care homes benefit from sprinkler tank advice. That is because this robust water storage system provides additional protection for older properties that have been converted. It also significantly aids the delivery of water to buildings with multiple floors. With many former hotels and other buildings converted into retirement and nursing homes, they have taken on a purpose for which they were not originally intended.

Risks in care sector buildings can be high. While current regulations safeguard many residents from common types of accidental fires, they cannot rule out the possibility of electrical faults and even unusual causes of fire. Most recently, deaths have potentially been caused by paraffin-based skin creams. Two pensioners died in fires that are being linked to flammable ointments.

 

Fire safety and sprinkler tank advice

Sprinkler tank advice is vital if you want to direct water to sprinkler heads in the right quantity. This done the the moment a fire is detected. In a care home setting, it is vital – if the building is to be safely evacuated. Getting everyone out can be difficult and time-consuming when many residents will have serious mobility issues and other complex health problems. if If you run a care homes that does not benefit from a sprinkler tank, talk to Nationwide Water Solutions.

We are here to guide you through the pros and cons of having a fire tank installed in your premises. We offer completely free site surveys across the UK and are used to working in sensitive environments. We advise property owners on the best location for a sprinkler tank as well as the correct shape and size for their building.

 

Care homes and fire safety

It is quite staggering to note the number of even modern care homes in the UK without automatic sprinklers. Residential care facilities are businesses and need to consider loss prevention as well as life preservation when undertaking risk assessments. The right sprinkler tank advice guarantees the availability of water around the clock to contain a fire and offer everyone peace of mind.

To book a free site survey visit Nationwide Water Solutions or for a no obligation chat call 0345 505 2540.

Four Building Types That Need A Fire Tank

If you are a regular visitor to our blog, you will know that we focus on fire safety issues. Over the past year, fire safety equipment has been in demand. Building owners are heeding the public’s concerns over safety. In today’s blog post, we will be looking at the four building types that need a fire tank.

If you are wondering what a fire tank is, we will explain. Also known as a sprinkler tank, it stores water solely to fight fires. Water is ready to fight a blaze in an emergency. The fire tank releases water to sprinkler heads. In the case of modern automatic sprinklers, only the area affected by fire will receive the water.

Here are the top four building types that need a fire tank…

 

1. High-rise tower blocks

While the installation of a sprinkler system is currently not compulsory, it soon could be. Recommendations following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower include sprinklers for new buildings over 18 metres. It could be that existing buildings will have to be retro-fitted with sprinklers. If you own a high-rise building, don’t wait for the law to change. Think about installing a fire tank and automatic sprinkler system now.

 

2. Care homes

Elderly people are among the most vulnerable in society. Care homes could one day be forced to have sprinkler systems. That is because mobility problems make it difficult for older people to evacuate a building quickly. A fire tank supplies water to sprinklers, giving care homes more time to get residents out of a burning building.

 

3. New schools

There is growing consensus that all new schools should be fitted with sprinkler systems and fire tanks. This is to reduce the cost of arson and accidental fires on the public purse, and to improve the safety of children.

 

4. Warehousing

Loss prevention measures should include a fire tank and sprinklers.

For further information about fire tanks, visit Nationwide Water Solutions Limited.

Sprinkler Week Ends With Message To Care Homes

With support up and down the country, Sprinkler Week 2018 has been a great success. Supported by fire and rescue services, businesses and individuals, the campaign has highlighted the many benefits of retro fitting sprinklers.

As the campaign winds down, London fire brigade is now urging care homes, retirement homes and hostels across the capital to review their fire safety systems, after figures revealed that just one per cent have life-saving sprinklers installed.

Fires happen, on average, every day at care homes across London, and the fire brigade is using Sprinkler Week to demand the installation of automatic fire suppression systems in high rise buildings, schools, and care homes.

Focus on vulnerable people

Borough Commander for Newham, Spencer Alden-Smith, said: “It’s a tragic fact that many of the fires we see involve vulnerable people who have mobility or health issues that mean they are unable to escape even small fires, and they may suffer fatal or life changing injuries before the fire brigade is even called.

“We need to ensure sufficient and appropriate protection measures are in place to safeguard these people where they live and suppression systems should be part of those considerations.

“Small fires can kill and soon develop into large fires unless they are stopped. Automatic fire suppression systems such as sprinklers can stop those small fires developing into tragedy.”

Sprinkler facts for care homes

AFSS are the only systems which can detect fires, suppress them, and raise an alarm, and Steve said the idea they’re expensive is a myth.

He said: “Costs vary depending on the type of system, but in schools, for example, if they are incorporated from the design stage, sprinklers are around one per cent of the total build cost.”

He also suggested self-contained watermist systems, which are designed to protect vulnerable people who, because of mobility issues, might find it harder to escape. These systems can be installed in one room of a property where the resident spends most of their time.

Lack of sprinklers

Of the 428 fires in London’s care homes and hostels last year, sprinklers were only installed in five. There were three fatalities and 53 injuries in these fires.

During Sprinkler Awareness Week, the fire brigade are repeating calls for blocks higher than 18m to be fitted with sprinklers, along with all residential care homes and sheltered accommodation.

Sprinkler tank services

Thinking of retro fitting sprinklers? Talk to Nationwide Water Services Limited about is sprinkler tank services. It supplies, installs and maintains tanks across the country.