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GRP Sprinkler Tank Installer Talks About The Wider Issues Caused By Fires

GRP sprinkler tank equipment is making a real difference in the UK – and here’s why…

Make no mistake, the biggest losers in any fire are those on the scene and property owners. But what about other people? Every day of the week in the UK routines are disrupted by fire and lives destroyed. Roads are closed, facilities shut and damaging smoke fills the air. Businesses with equipment or other assets stored in someone else’s building are also impacted, along with emergency services workers called to deal with 999 calls.

In an era when public safety should be at the forefront of everything, it is easy to see why many people think fire safety should never be left to chance. Nationwide Water Solutions is changing the way property owners and businesses manage the threat of fire. It installs water storage solutions to ensure sprinkler systems have their own dedicated supply of water.


The GRP sprinkler tank boom

A spokesman said: “Most property owners really get the fact that more can be done to prevent the spread of fire. However, not all of them have the cash to make improvements and some think fire safety is something that can be put off to another day. For those who want to protect their assets and people, the GRP sprinkler tank is popular. Fabricated from glass reinforced plastic, it is strong and safe. It can store large volumes of water, meaning sprinklers can get to work the moment they are activated.

“We are seeing lots of new clients looking to invest in water storage systems because they appreciate it may take time for a water carrier, for example, to reach them in an emergency. Fires can spread quickly so a small blaze that may have, at first, seemed containable can rapidly get out of control. If a fire brigade has to call for additional resources, they could be located some distance away.”


Nationwide Water Solutions

Nationwide Water Solutions is a GRP sprinkler tank expert. It also installs a wide range of other tank types, each depending on their intended environment. Based in Yorkshire, it covers the whole country.



Hotel Fire In News After Premier Inn Devastation

Hotel fire latest: If you own a hotel, today’s news will be depressing. A fire is still raging at the Cribbs Causeway Premier Inn, Bristol. Parts of the building have collapsed onto the M5 and fire chiefs have not ruled out calling in more resources.

The blaze, which started yesterday, has devastated the hotel. Conditions inside what remains of the building are ‘extremely dangerous’, the fire and rescue service has said. Residents nearby are still being told to keep their doors and window shut because of lingering smoke.


The impact of a hotel fire

Nationwide Water Solutions is a fire tank expert. It supplies water storage tanks for automatic sprinkler systems. Its directors have been closely following the development of the hotel fire. It is not known at this stage what fire fighting equipment was installed in the building, but a spokesman said: “It is truly devastating to see a building on this scale be destroyed by a fire. The cost of rebuilding the hotel is likely to be very expensive. The only good thing to come out of this is that all the hotel guests have been accounted for.”

If you are concerned about fire safety in your hotel, consider storing water to fight a fire. A sprinkler tank works with an automatic sprinkler system and ensures water is available around the clock – exclusively for the purpose of containing a blaze from the earliest opportunity. The fire at the Premier Inn started on the third floor. A sprinkler tank ensures water can be delivered to any level of a building quickly. It helps overcome the issue of low water pressure.


Book a free hotel sprinkler tank site survey

Find out more about the benefits of a sprinkler tank at your hotel. Book a free site survey with Nationwide Water Solutions here. Alternatively, call 0345 505 2540 for further information.

Lessons Learned From The Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire

The world could only watch as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world burned last month. Notre-Dame Cathedral was described as ‘the epicentre of our lives’ by Parisians and President Emmanuel Macron. It succumbed to flames that almost wiped out its 850-year old history. Part of the iconic Gothic structure was undergoing remedial works at the time.

An electrical fault is currently being assessed as the possible cause of the fire. Meanwhile, the UK’s leading sprinkler tank expert says lessons can already be learned. Nationwide Water Solutions is urging those who own or manage historic sites to consider the impact of a major fire when carrying out risk assessments. A spokesman explained: “Too often, it is discovered after a devastating fire that that not enough fire safety equipment was in place to stop a fire from spreading. Modern automatic sprinkler systems and sprinkler tanks can effectively contain a fire and limit the damage.”

Don’t want your historic site to suffer the same fate as Notre-Dame Cathedral? Here are two lessons that have already been learned:


1. Invest in modern fire fighting equipment

Nationwide Water Solutions says too many building owners don’t look at the bigger picture when planning fire safety improvements. A spokesman said: “We cannot comment on the firefighting equipment installed at Notre-Dame Cathedral. What we can say is that time and time again, we hear of cases where hugely important buildings have been all-but lost because owners have failed to install sprinklers and a sprinkler tank. Some worry about water damage, but compared to the loss of a major landmark it is a small price to pay.


2. Properly maintain fire safety equipment

Nationwide Water Solutions urges owners of historic properties to check the last time they had their sprinkler tank independently inspected. It offers a nationwide inspection service and uses underwater ROV equipment to carry out checks while tanks are still full and sprinkler systems fully operational. Book an inspection here.

It will take years, possibly decades, to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral’s landmark spire and interior. Take action now to protect your historic building and preserve it for posterity. Visit Nationwide Water Solutions.

Sprinkler Tank Company: The Dangers of Disused Buildings

Disused buildings are especially vulnerable to fire. Sprinkler tank company Nationwide Water Solutions points to a blaze at a disused mill in Bradford. The four-storey building formerly housed an envelope business and was reported to be on fire yesterday (Tuesday).

More than 50 firefighters attended the blaze. Nearby residents were told to close doors and windows. Smoke from the mill could be seen more than three miles away. Black fumes were reported to be billowing into the sky. They were visible across the city. The scene is currently being ‘damped down’.


Countering fire risks with a sprinkler tank company

It may not be financially feasible for owners to equip disused buildings with state-of-the-art fire fighting equipment. However, property owners with premises located nearby should take action. If your business or public building is situated close to a vacant property, you need to consider the danger it poses to your assets.

Fires can spread quickly in areas where properties are located close together. A spokesman for Nationwide Water Solutions said: “Having a fully functioning automatic sprinkler system and finding a good sprinkler tank company is pivotal. While there is little you can do about a disused building, there is a lot you can do to protect your own. A sprinkler tank is especially important to ensure you tackle the first signs of a fire in your building with enough water.”


Sprinkler tank company services

Nationwide Water Solutions is a leading UK sprinkler tank company. It installs, maintains and inspects sprinkler tanks across the country. If you are considering the benefits of improving your fire safety equipment, you can benefit from a free site survey.

If you already have a sprinkler tank, Nationwide can ensure it is in good condition. It uses under water ultrasound equipment to inspect every inch of the structure and ancillary components.

Contact Nationwide Water Solutions here to learn more or book a free site survey. Alternatively, call 0345 5052540.


Families Evacuated After Major Fire in Rochdale Mill

Thirty homes were evacuated overnight (last night) following a major blaze at a mill building in Rochdale. A local magistrates’ court was opened to provide shelter for those forced to flee their homes. Firefighters were called to the scene at 10.35pm last night, the fire service has confirmed.

The blaze happened in Greenfield Lane. Paul Starling, the Officer in Charge, told the press: “We are making great progress at the scene and due to the brilliant work of our firefighters, we have surrounded the fire and contained it to the curtilage of the building.”

Dramatic scenes of the fire were uploaded to the internet and seen by people from across the world.


Chimney ‘insecure’ following fire

Mr Starling added: “The chimney in the centre of the building is insecure but we are monitoring the stability and are ensuring crews are kept at a safe distance.”

Earlier, firefighters said they were working hard to protect neighbouring properties. They focussed their efforts on containing the fire.

Evacuated families were allowed to return to their homes shortly before 1am. However, they have been told to keep windows and doors closed.


Fire safety equipment

It is not yet clear if the mill building was fitted with automatic sprinklers and a sprinkler tank. Witnesses describe hearing an ‘explosion’.

Thinking of investing in fire safety equipment? Talk to Nationwide Water Solutions. We are the UK’s leading supplier of sprinkler tanks. A sprinkler tank stores water around the close to fight fire. We install sprinkler tanks and also maintain them. With a range of tank types, we offer a bespoke service that ensures your sprinkler tank is suitable for your buildings.

If your premises already benefits from a sprinkler tank, when was it last inspected? We recommend a sprinkler tank is independently inspected annually. To book an inspection, visit our website. Alternatively, give us a call on 0345 5052540.


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Sprinkler Tank Advice for Owners of Unoccupied Properties

Do you own an unoccupied property? You may be wondering why you need sprinkler tank advice, if you are. The fact is, vacant buildings are prone to arson attacks. What’s more, with nobody on site, a fire can take longer to discover.

Protecting your asset makes sense, particularly if a building is the subject of development plans or is likely to be put back into use. Arson attacks present an ever-present threat. Don’t forget, a fire started deliberately more than a week ago is still burning on Saddleworth Moor. But buildings, as well as open land, have been the subject of arson attacks in the past week.


A sprinkler tank makes sense for empty properties

A disused building in the Somerset town of Glastonbury was targeted by an arsonist earlier this week. As is quite common in these types of incidents, the fire was started in a doorway. It was reported to the emergency services at 6.55am on Wednesday.

Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s leading independent sprinkler tank specialist. A spokesman said: “Empty buildings are known target for arsonists. If you own a building you want to preserve, it pays to invest in automatic sprinklers connected to a sprinkler tank. That is because it is like having your own private firefighting crew on call every day, around the clock.”


Other reasons to consider a sprinkler tank

If your property is located next to or near an empty building, double-check your fire safety processes. Ensure they are robust enough to cope with a fire that has spread from another building.

Nationwide Water Solutions says: “Your fire assessments should consider external risks. When you weight up the likelihood of arson on an empty nearby property, consider the potential impact on your building.”

Want more information about the benefits of installing a sprinkler tank? Visit Nationwide Water Solutions for further information.

Sprinkler Tanks: Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Fire Safety

Sprinkler tanks are a hot topic. When it comes to fire safety, we are living in an era when nobody should be taking chances. That is why organisations across the UK are reviewing the measures they have in place. The death toll following the Grenfell Tower fire has made everyone – from politicians and campaigners to the public – call for sprinklers to be made compulsory in some buildings. If you manage social housing, a school, care home or hospital, sprinklers could be on your agenda.

Thinking of installing sprinklers during a refurbishment or in a new build? A sprinkler tank should form part of your plan. If you are not sure why you need a sprinkler tank, here are the top five benefits…


1. Sprinkler tanks deliver instant water

A sprinkler tank stores water just to fight fires. With a ready supply of water, buildings with sprinkler tanks benefit from a round the clock fire fighting capacity. This means, water can be delivered to the point of a fire and start supressing flames even in the middle of the night.


2. Sprinkler tanks help supress fires quickly

Because a sprinkler tank is primed to work the moment an automatic sprinkler system detects heat, firefighting can begin immediately. This often means a fire is under control before fire and rescue crews arrive on the scene. It is not uncommon for a fire to be completely out by the time firefighters arrive.


3. Sprinkler tanks can be fitted anywhere

At Nationwide Water Solutions Limited, we supply and install sprinkler tanks of all shapes and sizes. Each tank is specifically designed for its unique environment. Our in-house technical team can tell you more about this bespoke service.


4. Sprinkler tanks last for years

We supply sprinkler tanks that will serve your needs for years. Our tank installation service covers glass coated steel tanks, galvanised steel, epoxy coated steel, stainless steel and concrete tanks.


5. Sprinkler tanks can be repaired

If an inspection report suggests your sprinkler tank is showing signs of wear, we can help. While very old or badly damaged tanks will have to be replaced, it is often the case that others can be relined. Our liners come with a guarantee – so you know they are going to last.


Find out more about our sprinkler tanks and services at our website or get in touch for free, no obligation advice.

Firefighters Demonstrate Effectiveness of Sprinklers

At a time when house builders are considering the benefits of installing sprinklers in new-builds, here is some interesting news… Firefighters have demonstrated how effective automatic sprinklers are at supressing fires. Using a mock-up of two living rooms, the demonstration featured a room without fire protection and a room fitted with sprinklers. The results were clear.

After deliberately setting the rooms on fire, witnesses watched and waited. They didn’t have to wait long to see the room without sprinklers go up in flames. In fact, it was completely engulfed in just five minutes. When you consider how long it could take the fire and rescue service to reach the scene of a blaze, it was a scary sight. In contrast, the room fitted with sprinklers just a few small flames were visible.


Sprinklers put to the test

This test was carried out in the US. It demonstrated how sprinklers only go off in the area affected by fire, meaning no water damage to unaffected areas.  In the UK, the latest Government statistics for fire brigade response times mean a building can be severely damaged before help arrives.

In England the average response time to primary fires last year was eight minutes and 44 seconds.  Overall, response times to fires have increased gradually over the past 20 years. However, between 2015/16 and 2016/17, response times to nearly all types of fires either decreased or remained the same.

The average response time to secondary fires in 2016/17 (which can broadly be thought of as smaller outdoor fires, not involving people or property) decreased by 5 seconds to 9 minutes 8 seconds.


Nationwide Water Solutions Limited

If you are designing a new tower block or large commercial or public building, talk to us. We supply, install and maintain sprinkler tanks. Our fire tanks ensure a ready supply of water is available around the clock to service automatic sprinkler systems. Find out more by visiting our website or getting in touch.

Fire Tanks Save Lives

Fire tanks save lives, property and other assets. Sprinkler tanks provide a ready supply of water to supress a fire. That is why they are an important feature of modern automatic sprinkler systems. At Nationwide Water Solutions Limited, we are committed to spreading the word about the vital benefits of fire tanks.

Every year in the UK, hundreds of millions of pounds worth of property and goods are destroyed by fire. Installing a sprinkler system significantly reduces losses. It gives people more time to evacuate a building. Hence, sprinkler tanks save lives.


Sprinklers in action

It’s easy to focus on negative news when it comes to fires. However, every day in the UK, sprinkler systems and fire tanks stop tragedies. Countless lives have been saved this year alone. All thanks to savvy investment in sprinkler systems.

Two arson attacks at the same Sainsbury’s store in Coventry were quickly kept under control by sprinklers last month. In March, a fire in the basement laundry room of an 11 floor Newcastle hotel was contained by sprinklers. And, as previously recorded in this blog, a chip pan fire at a London tower block was supressed in February.


Invest in fire tanks

If you want to protect your building, your people and your assets, invest in a sprinkler tank. A fire tank will not only be on standby to fight a fire 24 hour a day, seven days a week, it will give you peace of mind.

Nationwide Water Solutions Limited is based in Sheffield but operates throughout the UK. With free site visits and technical advice, this is the go-to company if you are thinking of investing in an automatic sprinkler system. Nationwide Water Solutions supplies, installs and maintains fire tanks.

Already invested in a sprinkler tank? Talk to Nationwide Water Solutions about its repair, maintenance and inspection service. For more information, visit the website. Alternatively, call 0345 5052540.

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.