Personally, I would rather gouge my own eyes out with a sharp stick than watch an episode of Eastenders however, apparently in yesterdays episode there was a trivial fire incident involving candles which triggered ALL the sprinkler heads within the large function area. They even featured a special sequence showing head after head activating! I have been involved in the residential fire sprinkler industry for many years and have been battling
hard against the misconception that every fire sprinkler head in a building would activate in the event of a fire. This myth is just one more factor which has prevented people from accepting fire sprinklers with open arms. True to say that a tragedy like Grenfell Tower has finally raised the profile/acceptance of home fire sprinkler systems marginally but it has been a very long hard battle against misinformation from skeptics desperate to dismiss the possibility that such systems are highly effective at saving lives rather than flooding properties. All it takes is an uninformed script writer and BBC producer within a highly influential company like the BBC to knock the industry back by years! In this day and age, do intelligent script writers/producers still think that this scenario could happen? Or, has my previous 12 years proselytisation been in vain?
“I know” thought the script writer, “lets prevent people from burning to death in this episode by drowning them instead!”
” Great” said the the Producer – “let’s start with Dirty Den……….. what? he’s not in it anymore?”
Now, I’m going to educate the BBC this time:
In fact each sprinkler head has a heat sensitive element., which triggers the devise closest to the heat and in 80% of cases will extinguish the fire. If one head doesn’t achieve this then an additional head or two will in virtually all cases .
DOH! – THEY DON’T ALL GO OFF TOGETHER?