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Historical Building Fire Safety

Fire Protection Systems for Historic Buildings: Preserving Our Heritage

Preserving cultural heritage and shaping our understanding of history, historic buildings necessitate fire protection systems.


These structures often have unique architectural features, cultural significance, and are beloved by local communities. Yet, historic buildings are also at a higher risk of fire due to aging electrical systems, flammable building materials, and lack of modern fire protection systems. Therefore, it is vital to implement fire protection systems to preserve our heritage and prevent the loss of these significant structures. 

Types of Fire Protection Systems

There are several types of fire protection systems that can be installed in historic buildings. These consist of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems. The effectiveness and significance of each of them for fire protection systems have been covered below.

Components of a Fire Protection System

Fire sprinkler systems are one of the most effective ways to protect historic buildings from fire. They consist of a network of pipes filled with water, which are installed throughout the building. In the event of a fire, the sprinkler system will automatically activate and spray water to extinguish the flames.


Another crucial element of a fire prevention system is a fire alarm. They consist of smoke detectors and heat sensors, which are placed throughout the building. When smoke or heat is detected, the alarm will sound, alerting occupants of the building to evacuate. Fire alarms can also be connected to a monitoring system, which will alert the local fire department in the event of a fire.


As well as fire alarms, smoke detectors are also an essential component. They are designed to detect the presence of smoke and sound an alarm to alert occupants to the potential danger. Smoke detectors should be installed in every room of the building, as well as in hallways and stairwells.


The last critical component is, fire extinguishers. They are portable devices that can be used to put out small fires before they have a chance to spread. Fire extinguishers should be strategically placed throughout the building, so that they are easily accessible in the event of a fire.


Preservation and Installation

When installing fire protection systems in historic buildings, a balance must be struck between preserving the building’s integrity and providing sufficient fire protection. Collaboration with architects and preservationists is necessary to design unobtrusive systems that maintain the building’s historic character.


Concealing fire sprinkler systems within walls and ceilings of historic buildings is a suitable method to preserve their historic integrity while providing fire protection. This can be achieved by utilizing flush-designed sprinkler heads or locating the system in non-public spaces.


Preserving a building’s historic integrity can also be accomplished by installing fire alarms and smoke detectors that blend in with its architecture. This can be achieved by using decorative covers or installing detectors in non-public spaces.


In addition to installing fire protection systems, it is important to regularly maintain and test these systems to ensure that they are in proper working order. This includes testing smoke detectors and fire alarms, inspecting fire sprinkler systems for leaks, and replacing fire extinguishers that are past their expiration date.


In conclusion, fire protection systems are an essential component of preserving our cultural heritage by protecting historic buildings from fire. Achieving a balance between fire protection and preserving historic integrity is crucial, but it is feasible to design unobtrusive systems that maintain the building’s character. By implementing and sustaining these systems, we can guarantee that our historic buildings are treasured and enjoyed for future generations.


RAD Fire Sprinklers

At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we install all of our fire protection systems in line with BS9251 fire safety regulations. For over two decades, we have installed both fire and water sprinklers. Fill out this form if you’d like to find out more about the services we provide. Or, call us at 01892 680 090. As well, follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.

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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