Endorsements and Further Information
Endorsements for Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
In the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the continent of Europe, residential fire sprinkler systems are widely accepted.
Most Fire and Rescue Services strongly support the installation of Fire Sprinkler systems, and the Local Government Association (LGA) has received recognition for the work it has done to promote the use of sprinklers. In November 2007, Kent Fire and Rescue began a campaign dubbed “Safer with Sprinklers,” in which council leaders were asked to mandate sprinklers in all new residential buildings.
The installation of a fire sprinkler system provides sound safety and financial benefits, according to research from the Buildings Research Establishment (Effectiveness of Sprinklers in Residential Premises BRE study 204505).
Scotland and Wales Legislation for Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler systems are required in all new residential care facilities in Scotland. As a result of a highly effective campaign by the local MP Ann Jones, the 2006 Government of Wales Act now requires sprinklers to be installed in every new property built in Wales.
Studies Testing Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
The results of numerous comparison studies evaluating the efficiency of home fire sprinkler systems in fighting fires are now conclusive:
These experiments often include taking two identical buildings just before demolition, setting up identical furniture placements, and comparing the differences in fire spread between the two properties.
Similar investigations have been conducted in North America. In some trials, sprinklers were installed in each newly constructed residential property in a neighbourhood.
The reduction in residential fire-related fatalities and injuries has been very impressive.
The occurrence in America where someone attempted to kill another person by pouring petrol over them and then lighting the bed while they were asleep may be considered the most remarkable example of successful sprinkler activation. The life of the sleeping person was saved when a fire sprinkler head turned on and put out the fire!
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