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How To Ensure There Is Enough Water To Fight A Fire

It may seem obvious, but having enough water to fight a fire is crucial to containing damage and saving lives. Yet there is no guarantee the right quantity will be available unless you consider storage options. Even professional firefighters sometimes struggle on this score. Today’s blog post will look at the causes and solutions.

One of the biggest problems affecting the delivery of water to the point of a blaze is low water pressure. Any delay can lead to more damage and less time to evacuate a burning building.


How to guarantee water supplies

Having an automatic sprinkler system and a sprinkler tank will guarantee you can fight a fire as soon as possible. This will help to slow down the spread of the flames or suppress them. As a result, occupants of a building have more time to get out. What’s more, there is likely to be less damage.

Nationwide Water Solutions is a UK sprinkler tank supplier. Based in Yorkshire, it covers the whole of the country. It also maintains and repairs existing sprinkler tanks, and carries out independent inspections. It is at the cutting edge of efforts to improve fire safety in large, multi-level and vulnerable properties.


Find out more about sprinkler tanks

Nationwide Water Solutions provides a free site inspection service. A spokesman said: “We can assess sites and provide a detailed survey. Our sprinkler tanks are made for each individual environment to ensure they provide a robust fire safety solution.”

Are you concerned about fire safety in a building you own or manage? Are you considering retro-fitting sprinklers? Find out more about sprinkler tanks from Nationwide Water Solutions. Visit the company’s website here for further information. Alternatively, give the business a call on 0345 505 2540.

Knowing that you have the tools to fight a fire will provide peace of mind.



Interest in Sprinkler Tanks ‘Rising’ Says Expert

The UK’s leading expert on sprinkler tanks says interest in water storage equipment is rising. Nationwide Water Solutions has seen a spike in requests for free site surveys. It says, the rise coincides with ongoing inquiries into the Grenfell tragedy.

Nationwide Water Solutions installs and removes sprinkler tanks for a wide range of public, private, industrial and commercial clients. It also delivers a wide range of repair, maintenance and inspection services. It offers free sites visits and in-depth advice to those considering the benefits of investing in advanced fire safety equipment.


Sprinkler tanks in demand

A spokesman for Nationwide Water Solutions said: “Landlords and businesses, in particular, are recognising the importance of effective fire safety measures. More and more want to benefit from sprinkler tanks, which store water solely for the use of sprinkler systems. Having water set aside to fight a fire offers peace of mind and mitigates problems such as low water pressure.

“We are always happy to discuss the merits of sprinkler tanks, when used in conjunction with modern fire-fighting equipment. One of the best ways to learn more about your needs is to book a free site survey. We carry out this service for free across the UK.”


Nationwide Water Solutions

Based in Yorkshire, Nationwide Water Solutions supplies and installs sprinkler tanks capable of storing from 20,000 litres of water up to 2 million litres. It repairs tanks showing signs of corrosion or wear and also offers a guaranteed refurbishment service.

Existing sprinkler tanks can be inspected with Nationwide Water Solutions’ state-of-the-art equipment. It uses remote controlled vehicles to take camera equipment and ultrasound underwater. This gives a 360 degree view of a tank’s condition, without having to drain it or compromise a sprinkler system.

Book your free site visit by contacting Nationwide Water Solutions here.

Why You Need To Improve Fire Safety This Winter

The fire service is one of the most underrated public services in the UK. It is less likely to speak out when it is hit by spending cuts, yet this winter it will be deployed in the NHS. That’s right, fire crews will be drafted in to take patients home from hospital.

Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust has come to an arrangement which it hopes will prevent overcrowding and bed-blocking. But what does that mean for fire cover? According to reports, firefighters will transport vulnerable patients home. Not only that, they will “settle them in and check their surroundings are safe”.


Queuing ambulances lead to winter plan

The arrangement to use fire crews to take hospital patients home follows scenes of queuing ambulances outside hospitals last year. The fire service in Worcestershire has agreed to provide the transport service for six months – for free. During that time, it will seek to establish how much help the trust needs.

The service will be offered to patients at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch from the beginning of December. The Health Service Journal reports a spokesperson saying: “The service will be aimed at the most vulnerable to ensure they are safe in their own homes. Patients who can walk and possibly some wheelchair users will all benefit from transport home by uniformed fire service staff who are fully trained in identifying risks…”


What this means for your winter fire safety

Nationwide Water Solutions Limited is the UK’s market-leading, independent sprinkler tank expert. A spokesman said: “All eyes will be on Worcestershire this winter to see how this scheme works. What we don’t want to see is a national roll-out. Fire services are stretched and, in the event of a major fire, adequate resources are required in the quickest possible time.

“We advise owners of large commercial, retail and residential businesses to ensure their fire safety equipment can suppress a blaze and stop it from spreading. An automatic sprinkler system with a sprinkler tank is essential at a time when public services are under the cosh.

“In recent weeks, we have seen problems caused by low water pressure. These issues have highlighted the real benefits of having your own stored water supply to fight a fire. Our sprinkler tanks are designed to meet the needs of the buildings they serve and are a robust safety and loss prevention measure.”

Book a free site survey with Nationwide Water Solutions. For further information visit this website.

How Perceptions of Fire Safety Have Changed in 1 Year

It has often been said that there was a ‘before Grenfell’ and ‘after Grenfell’. Perceptions of fire safety suggest this is true. In just one year, something considered a low priority for many building owners has shot to the top of the list. The Grenfell Inquiry has this week heard testimonies that support this.

Robert Black was the chief executive of the management company in charge of Grenfell Tower. Giving evidence to the inquiry this week, he said he was at a loss to understand why the fire spread so quickly. He told a hearing: “I thought we had a brand new refurbished building that was on fire and people will be asking how that could happen.”

Mr Black was not aware of any shortcomings in the building’s safety before the fire.


Fire safety in 2018

One year on from Grenfell, every building owner in the UK is aware of their responsibility to ensure fire safety is sufficient. As tower blocks across the country benefit from the retro-fitting of sprinkler systems, many are looking at the issue of water storage. This often overlooked feature of building safety is especially important if there are concerns about low water pressure.

Nationwide Water Solutions, a sprinkler tank specialist, says it is upbeat about improved perceptions of fire safety. A spokesman said: “Building owners are now acutely aware that the buck stops with them. Scraping by with the minimum fire safety equipment puts lives at risk. More and more people have recognised this. Hence, we are seeing a surge in sprinkler system installations, along with the desire for sprinkler tanks.”


Sprinkler tanks and fire fighting

Having water ready to fight a fire is now recognised as important when it comes to buying people time. It can contain a blaze and increase the time during which a building can be safely evacuated. Importantly, a sprinkler tank can significantly reduce damage.

If you want to bring your building’s safety into the 21st Century, visit Nationwide Water Solutions and find out more about the benefits of  a sprinkler tank.

Businesses Destroyed by Fire in Nottingham

Four businesses have been destroyed by fire after a blaze in a disused cattle market. The major fire forced the evacuation of hundreds of animals stored in a pet shop. Around 100 firefighters attended the scene on Sunday evening. Low water pressure hampered their efforts.

Fire safety experts say the event highlights the need for owners of businesses to consider who their neighbours are. Disused, derelict or old buildings are vulnerable to fire, meaning those nearby need to consider additional fire safety measures, including the installation of automatic sprinklers and sprinkler tanks. In this case, the fire spread and caused gas cylinders to explode.


Businesses and fire safety

It is reported that 200 reptiles were evacuated from a retail outlet and that a bedding shop was gutted in the fire. Four businesses are said to have been either reduced to ashes or ‘badly affected’, including an army surplus shop and a fruit wholesaler.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has admitted it faced “a real challenge”. It has cited limited water supply at the scene of the fire as one of the challenges. It has also pointed out the close proximity of the buildings to the former cattle market.

A spokesman is reported as saying: “The buildings are close together and it was a dynamic situation. Because of the amount of material involved in the buildings, we had problems with the water pressure from the fire hydrants and had to use a high pressure pump to get water from the canal.”


Businesses urged to beef up fire safety

Nationwide Water Solutions says lack of water because of low pressure is not uncommon. “People expect the fire service to turn up and have a ready supply of water,” a spokesman said. “In the case of a very large fire like this, firefighters may not be able to readily access water in the quantities they need because of things like low water pressure.

“We advise all businesses, particularly those close to a vulnerable site, to install automatic sprinklers and a sprinkler tank. You will have water on standby 24/7. In the early stages of a fire, it will keep the blaze in check and give people time to evacuate a building and reduce damage. Importantly, it can suppress flames and help to stop them from spreading to things like highly-flammable gas cylinders.”

Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s leading independent supplier of sprinkler tanks. Businesses concerned about fire safety can benefit from a free site survey. For further information, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.


  • Please note: The image used is for illustration purposes only and does not purport to depict the fire outlined in this article.

Why Water Restrictions Highlight the Benefits of Sprinkler Tanks

It has been the weather of dreams. With unbroken sunshine and record-breaking temperatures, this summer is a hot topic. But, as the earth bakes, lack of rainfall is causing problems. Sprinkler tanks can offer peace of mind during exceptionally dry weather. United Utilities has today announced a hosepipe ban. It will affect parts of the North West and come into force in the first week of August.

The temporary ban will impact millions of people. Its aim is to safeguard essential water supplies. While the ban will ensure water is available to fight a fire, a sprinkler tank has distinct advantages.


Heatwave fires and sprinkler tanks

During prolonged spells of hot weather, fires are more likely to occur. They can include wildfires that spread to homes or businesses. Other dangers are caused by heat or direct sunlight being applied to a combustible item. Having a sprinkler tank connected to automatic sprinklers in your building will ensure you have water on standby 24/7.

As well as offering peace of mind, sprinkler tanks are efficient. They get to work as soon as a fire is detected. In hot weather, this is essential. It will give a building’s occupants more time to evacuate a building. Sprinkler tanks also supress flames, stopping a fire from spreading.


Water restrictions and sprinkler tanks

Your sprinkler tank is not affected by water restrictions. The water is already in the tank, waiting to be used in an emergency. Reservoir levels in the North East are currently so low that United Utilities has been shifting water up north from Wales.

In Ireland a hosepipe ban was introduce over a month ago. If your area has restrictions imposed, you must follow guidelines or face a heavy fine. Water restrictions highlight the benefits of already having water stored for an emergency.

Want to know more about sprinkler tanks? Visit Nationwide Water Solutions Limited. It is the UK’s leading independent sprinkler tank supplier and installer.


Automatic Sprinklers Praised After Tealights Set Curtains on Fire

Firefighters in Wiltshire have praised automatic sprinklers following a flat fire in Salisbury. The sprinklers extinguished the blaze almost immediately. Not only was the damage contained, water damage was minimal.

The fire was reported in a property at Avon Reach on Wednesday morning. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently promoting the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in residential properties.

Group Manager Tim Gray, the head of fire safety, told the Salisbury Journal : “Because of the quick activation of sprinklers, not only did the occupier escape unharmed, the damage to the flat was minimal. Automatic sprinkler systems are one of the best ways to suppress a fire at the earliest opportunity.

“On this occasion, only one fire crew from Salisbury was required to attend, and no further firefighting was needed as the single sprinkler head had extinguished the fire, which was caused by lit tealights being left on a windowsill before igniting the curtains.”


Promoting automatic sprinklers in homes

The Fire and Rescue Service says it supports developers and works with local authority building control departments to promote the use of sprinklers where possible.

There is currently no legislative requirement for sprinkler systems in residential premises, so the service works with other organisations, including the National Fire Sprinkler Network, to promote sprinklers for both new builds and retro-fitting.


Integrated fire safety

Srinkler systems can be attached to sprinkler tanks. They hold water to fight fires and for no other purpose. Having a dedicated water source to tackle a blaze can ensure a fire is contained quickly. A sprinkler tank is especially beneficial in larger buildings, including public places such as hospitals, libaries and office buildings.

You can find out more about the benefits of sprinkler tanks from Nationwide Water Solutions. It is the UK’s leading independent supplier and installer of sprinkler tanks. The company also maintains existing tanks and conducts independent annual checks on sprinkler tanks. For further information, visit the the website.

Sprinklers in New Council Homes?

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy is under way. At the same time, councillors in Cornwall are facing calls to fit sprinklers in all new council homes. Councillors are set to discuss the motion at a meeting today (May 22). If the proposal wins support, it will cost the council £2 million.

Neil Burden, an independent councillor, has tabled the motion. It was seconded by John Keeling, a Conservative member of the authority. In some American states automatic sprinkler systems are required in all homes. The proposal in Cornwall could make the county a national leader in domestic fire safety.


The council homes recommendation

At today’s meeting, councillors will be asked to consider the following recommendation: “Cornwall Council resolves to install sprinklers in all domestic new builds it commissions for sale or let inclusive of those homes now being built, thereby supporting the wellbeing of those people who will take occupation in future months and years.”

Those supporting the motion say it will save lives and money. As well as reducing fire damage, sprinklers could save council resources and reduce the time emergency services spend dealing with serious fires.

The motion states: “In order to promote best practice in housing development, the Council should install sprinklers in all new builds. This will not only promote wellbeing and save lives but also save revenue for the Council, and the NHS when such fire instances occur. Officers of the Cornwall Fire Service are first hand witnesses of local fatalities in recent times and continue to advocate best practise of sprinklers in all new builds. When adopted such positive example will encourage other housing developers to also install sprinklers systems in Cornwall.”


The cost of fire safety

If sprinklers are installed in all new council homes featured in the authority’s development plan, it will have to find £2 million for the installation works. Initial reports suggest it will cost around £2,500 to install sprinklers in each home with an annual maintenance cost of £150 per property.

Nationwide Water Solutions Limited is the UK’s leading independent provider of sprinkler tanks. It supplies and installs fire tanks and also delivers a wide range of maintenance and repair services. For further information visit the website or call 0345 5052540.

Raw Emotion as Cost of Failings Dominate Inquiry

The human cost of safety failings at Grenfell Tower has dominated the first week of an inquiry into the cause of the tragedy. Victims’ families have continued to give their testimonies and pay tribute to those who were lost in the blaze. Almost a year on from the devastating fire, emotions are still very raw.

Today (Friday), the inquiry heard stories that were so harrowing a woman attending a hearing collapsed. News veteran Jon Snow is reported to have caught her as she fell. Other people in the room were asked to leave so that the woman could receive medical attention and the space to recover.


Inquiry hears ‘we are left with nothing’


While news reports have long made claims about those believed to be responsible for the huge loss of life, the bereaved have put those allegations into perspective. Today, one of those speaking at the hearing is reported to have said: “We as a family are left with nothing, absolutely nothing. Grenfell Tower was on fire for more than 24 hours. We were literally watching our loved ones turn from alive, waving and begging from the window, to ashes.”

The person making that testimony, Assema, went on to make it clear she did not blame firefighters. However, she pointed out other public bodies had watched from a distance as people succumbed to choking smoke. She said: “The whole world had watched on TV a lady waving a white cloth from the 22nd floor. My brother and his family were found in the same flat.”

The inquiry continues.


About Nationwide Water Solutions


Nationwide Water Solutions Limited is the UK’s leading independent supplier of fire tanks, used with sprinkler systems. It is ready to work with social housing providers and others to ensure adequate fire-fighting facilities are provided in all high-risk buildings. For further information visit the website.

Sprinkler Tanks Part of IQE Investment

Welsh technology company IQE, considered a market leader in the field of compound semi-conductors, is to invest £38 million in a new site. Plans for the ambitious project have been given recommended approval by local councillors. New sprinklers tanks will form part of the development and ensure the site has water on standby to fight a fire around the clock.

Other plans for the site include the provision of staff and visitor car and cycle parking, an external plant compound, refrigeration units, external alterations to an existing building and the creation of a new access route.


IQE CS Cluster Project

IQE wants to develop the site as Phase 2 of the CS Cluster Project. The overall aim is to deliver a hub of high-quality facilities for research, development, education and manufacturing. Newport City Council’s Planning committee had access to a feasibility report that said: “The applicant has stated that the precise number of jobs to be created by the occupation of the building is as yet unknown.

“The first phase of development is expected to deliver a total of 60 jobs although these numbers could increase significantly through these current proposals. The onward occupation of the building by IQE and future ambitions for an additional organisation to develop a hub within the building could result in up to 650 members of staff.

“The proposed development is considered to be acceptable and is in accordance with the Newport Local Development Plan. It is recommended that planning permission is granted with conditions.”


Fire safety

IQE has demonstrated its commitment to fire safety by including sprinkler tanks in its plans. As well as providing a ready source of water to fight fires, automatic sprinkler systems provide excellent loss prevention and some insurance benefits.

Want to know more about sprinkler tanks? Talk to Nationwide Water Solutions Limited, the UK’s leading independent supplier of fire tanks. It designs and installs compliant sprinkler tanks across the country. Nationwide Water Solutions Limited also maintains sprinkler tanks, carries out repairs and offers an independent inspection service.