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Study Shows That One in Ten Mid-Rise Buildings Requires Fire-Safety Upgrades

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Commercial fire sprinkler systems are one of the most effective fire suppression methods available today. Yet, there are still mid-rise buildings in the UK that do not have these fire safety prevention systems in place. They are deemed “unsafe” in the case of a fire emergency. Having a fire sprinkler system is an ideal way of ensuring safety throughout a building, especially in apartment blocks that have various flats on top of each other. 


Find out more about the latest studies into fire safety below.


Pilot Study

The government has estimated that between 6,000 and 8,000 (out of a possible 79,000) mid-rise residential buildings in England require work to repair fire safety faults. The pilot study that took place looked into the occurrence and expense of external wall systems and other fire protection systems in these structures.


The cost of reducing fire hazards for impacted homes is estimated to be between £3.1 billion and £5.3 billion; according to the study.


This comes after the government announced in January that leaseholders in buildings between 11 and 18 metres would be responsible for cladding repair. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have also announced that they are seeking an additional £4 billion from developers. 


Callow Mount

But, it shouldn’t just be focused on the number of external wall systems in place for fire prevention. A fire sprinkler system is also a great way to suppress flames and give more time to those evacuating. 


Automatic fire sprinklers can be retrofitted in existing developments, like mid-rise residential buildings, in a cost-effective way. Some may question if this is possible, especially in apartment blocks with various flats, yet the project back in 2011 proves this to be false. Callow Mount, a pilot development in Sheffield, had a fire sprinkler system installed throughout 46 one-bedroomed flats and 1 two-bedroomed flats, including the communal areas. 


This show that a fire sprinkler system can efficiently be installed in existing mid-rise buildings promptly and within budget. There is still one in ten buildings that do not have proper fire prevention methods in place. So, why not fire sprinklers? Residential systems typically have sprinkler heads in each flat and in communal areas such as the reception or entrance/exit. 


How Can a Fire Sprinkler System Help?

At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we want to promote the benefits of installing a fire sprinkler system. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), no more than two people have died in a fire when the building has a working sprinkler system. Having a fire sprinkler in place can save lives and assist evacuees in safely exiting the building.


Also, properly operating a fire sprinkler system can not only save lives but also decrease property damage. Keep in mind, that lack of maintenance accounts for around 44% of system failures. Just because your building has a sprinkler system doesn’t mean you can neglect maintenance requirements. They also have various environmental benefits to consider.


Despite all of these life-saving advantages, a recent survey of over 100 firms found that just 35% have any type of fire protection. Find out more about how a fire sprinkler system can help buildings here.


RAD Fire Sprinkler Systems

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote and perform fire sprinkler installation in buildings across the UK. We understand the importance of having a fire sprinkler system in both commercial and residential buildings; as they have continuously prevented damage and saved lives. 

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.
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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!!!
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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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