Flats above shops should have robust fire fighting equipment. That is because commercial premises often store goods and packaging that present a fire spread risk. If a fire breaks out in a shop, it can quickly spread to accommodation on upper floors. Think about cardboard, flammable materials and other common risks.
Earlier today 80 firefighters tackled a blaze in a shop and flats in London.Twelve fire engines were sent to the scene shortly after 6.10am. It is not known where or how the fire started but thick smoke and work being undertaken by emergency services meant the closure of roads and the evacuation of the immediate area.
Fire safety for flats above shops
If you are a landlord renting out flats above shops, consider installing a sprinkler system. Automatic sprinklers will protect your investment and look after your tenants. If your premises is on multiple levels or especially large, get a sprinkler tank too.
A sprinkler tank provides a water supply to automatic sprinkler system day or night. It ensures water is always available – helping to contain a fire from the start and reducing the risks of major damage and / or injury.
Sprinkler tanks for mixed use buildings
Nationwide Water Solutions is an expert when it comes to installing and maintaining sprinkler tanks in mixed use buildings. This includes commercial premises with dwelling either attached or above. A spokesman said: “Fires that start in commercial properties can easily spread to dwellings – particularly if the accommodation is just above or either side. It makes sense to invest properly in fire safety – for your benefit and for others.”
If you want to find out more about sprinkler tanks, why not book a free site inspection? Alternatively, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.