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What is the Difference Between a Fire Prevention and Fire Protection System?

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Fire prevention and protection systems are essential for protecting a building from fire. Some may think they are the same, yet there are key differences that those responsible for a property should be aware of. It is crucial to understand the importance of a prevention and fire protection system and how they work together to save lives and damage. Find out more from a professional fire protection system installation company.

Fire Prevention 

So that a building’s fire load is as minimal as it can be, fire prevention systems are installed. 

“Fire load” refers to a building’s potential fire severity, dependent on the existence of specific hazards. In essence, fire prevention lowers the possibility of a serious fire. For example, this can include proper storage for flammable products and taking care with points of ignition (e.g. plug sockets).


In line with regulations, a “responsible person” for domestic and non-domestic buildings is appointed to risk assess safety throughout the premises. This could be the owner, manager or representative of the building and is at fault if a check has been overlooked. Within these evaluations, fire prevention methods can be undertaken to ensure that the possibility of a fire is significantly lower.


Fire Protection System

A fire protection system, like fire sprinklers, is put into practice during the design phase of a new structure. The purpose of these systems is to safeguard everyone inside the building and reduce the amount of damage in the event of a fire. It aims to lessen harm to the building and anybody within, however they do not prevent the fire from starting in the first place (like fire prevention). Fire protection systems include both “active” and “passive”.


Passive refers to elements that are within the structure. This also includes “compartmentalisation” which limits the spreading through practical applications, such as fire doors. 


Active, however, is in reference to systems that are there to actively fight the fire. Hence, sprinklers.


Fire sprinklers are activated in the event of a fire when a temperature of over 56°C is detected. In buildings such as social housing and other residential homes, sprinklers give occupants time to safely evacuate and wait for emergency services. They release the right amount of water to safely prevent the flames from spreading to other rooms. For those vulnerable, such as the elderly and disabled, sprinklers will give them more required time, or time for a carer to help them exit.

What Do I Need?

You can’t have one system without the other. Fire prevention should be implemented throughout every building, for the sake of all the people inside and to reduce the chance of property damage. However, sometimes, accidents do happen no matter how safe the situation may seem.


So, if a fire does occur, you can’t just rely on fire prevention methods. There is a chance the fire could spread and harm those inside. Instead, implementing a fire protection system, like sprinklers, will stop the fire from spreading and allow efficient evacuation. Also, in residential areas, such as flats and apartment complexes, buildings that are above 11 metres tall are legally required to have a mandatory fire protection system in place. For more information, read our previous blog here.  

RAD Fire Sprinklers

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote and install sprinkler systems throughout residential and commercial buildings in the UK. Fire sprinklers are the most effective fire protection system and can be easily implemented in all sorts of buildings such as restaurants and universities. Our sprinkler installation company has FIRAS accreditation and meets all the criteria.

To find out more, or to receive a quote, why not fill in our online form? A member of our team will shortly be in touch to see how we can help you. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090 and speak to us today.  

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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