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The Do’s and Don’ts of Domestic Fire Sprinkler Systems

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When it comes to protecting your family from the devastating effects of fires, automatic fire sprinkler systems are the best, most effective choice. Domestic sprinklers not only activate when they detect heat from a fire, but they can also blend into your decor with their concealed sprinkler heads, making them a perfect choice for homes. However, there are instances where modern and traditional sprinkler systems would be hindered in properties, decreasing the level of fire safety in your property…

From effective water mist systems to “pop up” sprinklers, different systems suit different building regulations and designs. No matter what, sprinklers are the most effective form of fire protection, but only if they are maintained and operated correctly. Human error can sometimes cause fire sprinklers to not work to their full abilities, but there are steps you can take to ensure a fully operational sprinkler system…


Do: Arrange Annual Checks

The service and maintenance of all kinds of fire sprinklers is essential. According to BS EN 12845, sprinkler systems must be checked at least once a year by a third party. Systems cannot be inspected by the company that installed the sprinklers, the building’s occupier, or the service and maintenance provider. You should ensure that anyone who carries out the inspection of your fire suppression system is fully qualified and provides a full inspection. They should check the age, condition, water supply and that the sprinklers are connected to an alarm system. 

Ensuring that your sprinklers are in full working order can lower the risk of fire and water damage to your property, saving lives in the process. To find out more about our various sprinklers, from residential and commercial sprinklers to water mist systems, please visit us here.


Do: Check the Water Supply

All sprinkler systems need a sufficient supply of water and appropriate water pressure in order to function properly. If this pressure drops below a certain point, the water won’t reach the sprinkler heads and water won’t be dispersed evenly. Try checking the gauges on a regular basis to make sure the water pressure is accurate. This can keep your fire sprinkler systems working optimally and saves your property from suffering from excessive fire damage.


Don’t: Hinder the Sprinkler Heads

In domestic and residential properties, in particular, it can be easy to block and hinder the concealed sprinkler heads. As they fit discreetly onto the ceiling, an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude can develop. You need to ensure that you don’t paint over your sprinkler heads, as this can affect their sensors as well as their ability to pop open at the signs of a fire. Whenever you make the choice to redecorate, keep all items, paint and wallpaper away from your sprinkler heads to keep them working as effectively as possible. 

Any hindrance can affect the water flow and how quickly your sprinklers react to a fire. To find out more about concealed fire sprinkler systems, please read our previous article here.


Don’t: Shut Off Your Sprinkler System

It is of utmost importance that you keep your fire sprinklers turned on at all times. You never know when a fire may break out, and the consequences can be devastating. Sometimes, people tend to forget about checking their smoke alarms, and they could be living with a faulty appliance without even realising it. You should never take a chance with your fire sprinkler systems; they could mean the difference between life and death, and could end up being the most important contraption in your household.

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we can design and install fire sprinkler systems for all kinds of properties and establishments, creating bespoke designs that suit your dimensions and water supply. To find out more, or to receive a quote, please give us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.

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.
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16:45 15 Nov 13

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