Fire Protection Sprinklers
By far the most effective part of a fire protection
system is the fire sprinkler. The reason for this is
that sprinklers provide ‘active’ protection
and do not rely on any other aspect of a fire system
to be effective. Fire sprinklers comprise a stand alone
fire protection system that can operate effectively
alone – thus the reason fire sprinklers appear
in both lists above. For example, in a domestic residence,
the implementation of smoke alarms on each level of
the building and outside each sleeping room, coupled
with a fire sprinkler installation, would comprise a
comprehensive fire protection system, whereas only installing
smoke alarms and perhaps two fire extinguishers would
not be effective enough to prevent extensive fire damage
and loss of life.
In commercial premises, regardless of the level of
structural fire protection in the building, fire sprinklers
are more often than not built into the overall protection
plan. Nearly all newly built commercial buildings include
a fire sprinkler installation. The reason for a sharp
rise in the popularity of fire sprinklers in recent
years is due to a high life saving success rate –
sprinklers put out on average 99.7% of all fires.
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Further Fire Protection Systems
A fire protection system, often referred to as a fire
suppression system or passive fire protection system,
is a combination of materials and methods developed to
prevent the spread of fire and to stop fire causing irreparable
damage to a building.
A fire protection system can be comprised of a number of protection methods:
- Fire protection coating spray for electrical cables.
- Fire, smoke and gas tight cable penetration seals.
- Fire walls and floors.
- Fireproofing: intumescent and cementitous coatings for interior and exterior structural steel.
- Fire protection for incombustible pipes.
- Fire protection for wood products.
- Sealing systems for building joints.
- High temperature resistant silicone coatings.
- Fire protection sprinklers.
- Dry risers.
In addition to these methods of protecting the structure of a building, there are a number of additional preventative methods that can be employed, often referred to as passive fire protection methods.
- Fire alarms
- Smoke alarms
- Over head fire extinguishers
- Standard mobile fire extinguishers
- Foam fire extinguishers
- Fire blankets
- Fire protection sprinklers
Commercial premises are more likely to include comprehensive
structural protection as listed in the first section
above, and also the majority of passive fire protection
methods listed in the second section. Domestic residences
may include fireproof doors and some structural
protection, but for the most part will only implement
aspects of the second list set out above. The single
most effective protection against fire is the fire
sprinkler - in the home or business.
Fire Protection System Experts
At Fire Fighter 24/7 we have been installing commercial
fire sprinklers for over 15 years. We are responsible
for the biggest residential sprinkler installation in
Europe, found in 212 homes built by the West Wiltshire
Housing Association in Trowbridge. We have also installed
and maintain installations for an extensive list of
commercial clients. For free advice and a no obligation
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