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What You Need to Know About Residential Fire Sprinklers

residential sprinkler systems

Fire sprinkler installations are recommended for almost all properties, especially warehouses and office buildings, in order to save lives and protect against excessive fire damage. Having home fire sprinklers installed is the best way to protect your family from the devastating effects of fire, expelling the appropriate amount of water to reduce water damage in the process. Residential sprinklers can be designed and installed to fit your property exactly, taking into consideration your water pressure and supply. But just how important are domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems?

All sprinkler systems must follow the appropriate regulations in order to work effectively and adhere to the standards of fire safety. Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we always provide recommendations and guidance when installing your bespoke water sprinkler system, ensuring you and your property’s inhabitants are as safe as possible.


What is a Residential Property?

A residential property is any building this is being used or could be used as a dwelling. Detached, semi-detached and terrace housing, townhouses and farmhouses are all classed as residential properties, and all can support sprinkler heads, systems and pipes. In order to protect the decor, residential properties usually have concealed sprinkler heads that come loose in the event of a fire, ensuring they don’t project below the ceiling level until they are activated.

Like all sprinkler systems, they are designed to detect the heat from the fire and extinguish it at the source, keeping fire and water damage to a minimum. To find out more, you can read our previous blog about residential fire sprinklers here.


British Standard (BS9251) Regulations

All sprinkler systems that are installed in properties must adhere to British Standards (BS) and regulations. For instance, the design, management and use of sprinklers in residential buildings must comply with BS9251. The standards ensure that appropriate fire safety measures have been taken in residential buildings, and that reasonable standards have been met. BS9251 with BS9991:2011 lays out the standards for certain residential properties, especially those of a certain height, those with loft conversions and care homes.

Care homes must be “fully sprinklered” in order to protect both residents and staff within the property. The standards also apply to water mist systems, as it states that they can be deemed as an appropriate fire suppression system, and specific scenario testing may be required to test that the system is fit for purpose.


Facts and Fiction: Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

There are still some myths surrounding the effectiveness of residential fire sprinklers, which can be quite harmful and stop individuals from investing in one of the most efficacious, cost-effective fire suppression systems available. According to popular culture, once a fire is detected, all the sprinklers in the building will be activated, which is simply not true. Automatic fire sprinkler systems work to detect the source of the fire and expel water from sprinkler heads that would put the fire out. This is so water damage can be kept to a minimum. A typical sprinkler discharges around 55 litres of water per minute, which proves that the water damage caused by sprinklers is significantly lower than potential fire damage.

Sprinklers also have a low chance of being triggered accidentally and can work with your smoke alarm to both warn you of a fire and extinguish it in the process. Sprinklers reduce injury by around 80% and reduce property damage by approximately 90%, and are considered the single most effective method of fighting fires in their early stages. There are simply not enough residential fire sprinklers installed in the UK, possibly due to the many myths that are spread about their effectiveness. By highlighting the many benefits, we can work to reduce the mortality rate of fires, and reduce their devastating effects.

To find out more, or to receive a quote, you can fill out our online form here, and a member of our team will be in touch. 

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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