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What are the Fire Sprinkler Regulations in the UK?

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Different buildings in the UK have different regulations when it comes to implementing fire safety. Although fire sprinklers are recommended for commercial and residential properties alike, they aren’t a legal requirement, despite the fact that they are one of the most successful and effective methods of fire protection, saving property damage and saving lives. Different building regulations require certain fire sprinkler systems to help protect those within the property, but how safe are fire sprinklers? And what are the different regulations for each country?

Regulations vary from building type to size, with fire sprinkler heads and systems fitted to suit the dimensions of each property. Sprinklers work by detecting heat from a blaze and activating the sprinkler heads in the nearest vicinity to isolate the fire and keep water damage to a minimum. Installing fire sprinklers differs from property to property; if you wish to keep on top of the latest regulations before looking towards sprinkler installation, please read our latest article below.


England Fire Sprinkler Regulations

Since the tragedy of the Grenfell disaster, radical changes have been suggested and implemented to help keep high-rise buildings and their inhabitants more protected from the devastating impacts of fires. Before the disaster, residential blocks in England that were over 30m high had to be installed to meet the approved standards. Now, reformed policies have highlighted that buildings over 18m in height will be fitted with sprinkler systems in order to prevent further tragedies like Grenfell from happening again. This means that over 15,000 properties will be fitted with sprinkler systems over the next ten years, such as care homes, high-rise buildings and supported housing. RAD is very busy keeping up with the demand, particularly with the increased demand for high-rise sprinkler protection. 

Although domestic homes don’t fall into this category, they’re still a great place to install residential fire sprinkler systems, keeping your home and those within it safe. The sprinkler heads will be fitted with a cover plate, which can protect your interior decor and keep the sprinklers out of sight. To find out more about our domestic sprinkler systems, please visit us here.


Scotland Fire Sprinkler Regulations

From March of this year, sprinkler regulations have changed for the better. New standards now require automatic fire suppression systems in new flats, social housing and shared occupancy buildings, as opposed to just new high-rise buildings above 18 meters. These changes were also encouraged by the aftermath of the Grenfell tower disaster, ensuring all people in high-rise, large buildings are as protected from fires as possible.  

These sprinkler regulations can work in line with smoke detectors and alarms that are already in place, alerting occupants to a fire as well as extinguishing the flames before it spreads to unmanageable proportions. This way, those most at risk have time to evacuate instead of waiting for the fire department to arrive, risking their lives in the process.


Wales Fire Sprinkler Regulations

In 2011, building regulation powers were delegated to Wales, allowing them to develop new legislation in terms of automatic fire sprinklers in dwellings. It is now compulsory for all new homes to have residential fire sprinkler systems installed, a law much safer and more advanced than in any other country in the UK. In 2014, new or converted buildings such as children’s homes, hospices and student accommodations were required to install fire sprinklers to keep buildings and occupants safe. By 2016, this law was passed to sheltered housing and registered group homes. In the 2020-21 period, the Welsh Fire and Rescue Service attend around 32,000 fires, compared to 528,601 in England

If more properties in England and Scotland fitted automatic sprinkler systems like Wales and had tighter sprinkler regulations, the proof is in the statistics that deaths, injuries and destruction to property would be lowered significantly. If you would like to inquire further about installing fire sprinklers in your property, or you would like to receive a quote, please fill out our online form here.


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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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