Sprinklers could save your business from going up in flames!

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is once again supporting the national Fire Sprinkler Week which is in its second year running.

Led by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) the week runs between March 16 and 22.

The objectives are:

  • To encourage businesses to consider how fitting sprinklers can help to protect their valuable assets (people, buildings, machinery and supplies) from fire, or can mitigate the effects that a fire has upon their assets, helping them to achieve business continuity.
  • To encourage schools and other educational establishments to fit sprinklers, allowing them to potentially minimize the major impact that a fire can cause their students, staff and community.
  • To promote the economic, social and business benefits of having sprinklers to business owners and leaders and to dispel some of the myths about sprinklers.

CFOA is working with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), the Local Government Association (LGA), the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) and other partners to promote sprinkler benefits.

WYFRS and its officers actively promote and recommend the installation of sprinkler systems or other Automatic Water Suppression Systems (AWSS) in all premises where their inclusion will support our aim of Making West Yorkshire Safer.

We work to achieve a greater acceptance of the benefits of AWSS at national and local level. To this end, protocols have been developed with local education authorities to install AWSS in new build schools or major refurbishments.

Paul Clayton, Fire Engineering Supervisor for WYFRS, said: “At the design stage of any building it is always worth giving full consideration to the benefits that a suitable water suppression system can bring.

“Besides the obvious safety benefits, the ability for a business to survive a fire and to be back up and running within a relatively short time should never be overlooked.”

Sprinklers – The Facts

When do sprinklers work?

Each sprinkler head has its own heat-sensing fire detector which, when it reaches a certain temperature, will break the seal, and allow the water to flow onto the fire.

Do they all work at once?

No, each sprinkler head acts only when the temperature releases the seal. Only the heads necessary to control the fire will operate.

Sprinklers remove what from the triangle of fire?

Heat.

Will sprinklers or the fire brigade use more water to put out a fire?

The fire service will use more water to put out a fire. Firefighters often use 15 times more water from hoses to do the same job as a sprinkler does alone.

Reasons why sprinklers are a good idea:

  • They can put a fire out, or stop it spreading before the fire service arrives.
  • They can save lives – whether those are the lives of occupants, staff, the public or firefighters.
  • They can reduce damage to property in the event of a fire, meaning less time that the room is out of action. Other rooms may even be unaffected.
  • They are better for the environment as less water is used to put out the fire (and the carbon emissions from sprinklered fires are also less).
  • When fitted, they allow more freedom in building design, such as larger rooms, as there is a reduction in the need for other passive fire safety measures.
  • Some insurers may offer a discount in premiums for buildings fitted with sprinklers.

To find out more about Sprinkler Week visit the Chief Fire Officers Association website, click here.

By involving WYFRS at a suitably early stage in a development you can receive impartial advice on the benefits that AWSS’s may bring to a project.

For advice regarding the installation of sprinklers contact the Fire Engineering and Planning department on 0113 387 4397.