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Fire Risks in Commercial Buildings

Additional fire safety measures are required in commercial buildings. This is particularly the case if the building houses potentially dangerous equipment, such as welding or soldering tools. The presence of cylinders also requires careful assessment. If you are not sure what level of fire safety your building needs, talk to Nationwide Water Solutions Limited.

The company is the UK’s leading independent sprinkler tank expert. As well as supplying and installing sprinkler tanks for use in conjunction with automatic sprinkler systems, it provides free site surveys. You can benefit from a survey and detailed report. Simply contact Nationwide Water Solutions to book an appointment.


Risks in commercial buildings

At the weekend, around 100 homes had to be evacuated when a fire broke out in a commercial garage. The blaze, in Derby, meant local residents had to seek shelter in an emergency refuge centre. Firefighters took steps to move people away from the area because commercial cylinders were present. Roads around the site were kept closed as a precaution the following day.

The fire was so severe that the structural integrity of the garage is now being examined. A joint police and fire investigation into the cause is under way. The fire occurred in a built-up area comprising a mix of commercial and residential buildings.


Commercial buildings in built-up areas

A spokesman for Nationwide Water Solutions said: “Any commercial building in a built-up area should be fully assessed to ensure it has the correct fire safety measures in place. We don’t know the cause of the major fire in Derby. However, it was so severe that police officers had to knock on people’s doors and tell them to leave their homes.

“Nobody wants to see a fire on this scale. Having the correct equipment for your particular building type is crucial.”

Nationwide Water Solutions installs and maintains sprinkler tanks in a wide range of buildings. It provides robust water storage facilities in hospitals, schools, prisons, office blocks, residential buildings and commercial and industrial premises.

For further information visit the company’s website.



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Sky’s The Limit For Fire Safety

Did you know that rooftops are an excellent place to locate sprinkler tanks serving high-rise buildings? In fact, across the Pond, in New York, many of the city’s apartment blocks have them. Out of sight but always on standby, they are the unseen fire safety essential that serves sprinkler systems.

Water tanks have been constructed on rooftops for almost 100 years. They were first installed in commercial buildings in the US following devastating fires. Scores of people perished in garment factories alone. This prompted authorities to introduce regulations. New fire safety rules covered high-rise buildings used for residential as well as business purposes.


Fascinating history of rooftop fire tanks


While initial regulations required the ready supply of water, it quickly became apparent that rooftop tanks were needed. This was because water pressure is often very poor after the fifth storey. While sprinkler systems are not always a feature of high-rise buildings in the UK, they have been an essential part of fire prevention in New York for more than half a century.

Harris Rosenwach first came up with the idea of building a water tank on a roof. Today, his great-great grandson, Henry, is vice-president of Rosenwach Tank Co, headquartered in Long Island.

In the UK most fire tanks are made of sheet metal and constructed on-site, although they will have been prefabricated elsewhere. Built to individual specifications, fire tanks are rarely the same.


How do rooftop sprinkler tanks work?


Think gravity. It is as simple as that. Add electricity and you’ve got the two basic forces that deliver life-saving water to sprinkler heads. Sensors in the tank ensure water levels remain constant. Extra water is delivered when sensors detect a drop. Sometimes a floating balloon is used instead – like the ones you find in toilet cisterns.

With proper maintenance, a steel fire tank can last decades. In the UK, there is no need to empty a tank and clean it before an inspection. Underwater camera equipment is used to survey the tank’s walls and potential weak spots. Companies that fail to have their tanks inspected annually in the US can be fined up to $2,000.


UK sprinkler tanks and fire safety


If you want to find out more about how a sprinkler tank can support your fire safety plan, talk to Nationwide Water Solutions. To book a fire tank inspection, click here.