National Sprinkler Week – Why sprinklers are important

This week it is national sprinkler week, run by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC). The purpose of the week is to ensure the public understand what sprinklers are and how they work and the benefits.

At the end of last year Plymouth Community Homes completed the installation of a full sprinkler system throughout the Mount Wise Towers to help keep residents safe.

Installation work was completed with Mi-Space the contractor responsible for overseeing the crucial safety work. The sprinkler install was the next stage in a significant programme of works that have been taking place at the Towers.

The decision to fit a sprinkler system was made after consultation with residents and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Sprinklers have been installed in each flat and to all communal areas in the Towers.

At the time of the installation John Clark, Chief Executive for PCH, said: “We’re pleased with how quickly the sprinkler installation has taken given the difficulty of the task of retrofitting this type of system. The sprinklers are now operational in all communal areas and in each resident’s home.”

On the importance of sprinklers, Paul Bray, Fire Safety Manager at PCH said: “Sprinklers are highly effective in the event of a fire and work well to contain the fire and smoke and in doing so minimise risk to life and further damage to the property.”

Did you know?

  • The water supply comes from a tank and the pump runs from a separate generator that will still activate during a power cut.
  • Fire sprinklers are linked by a network of piping that has been boxed in by PCH for minimum visual impact on your home.
  • Each sprinkler protects the area around it and is activated by the heat of a fire.
  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water onto the fire, putting it out as quickly as possible.
  • Sprinklers provide more time to evacuate your home.
  • Sprinklers stop fires from spreading and control the spread of deadly smoke, which is one of the biggest killers in the event of a fire.