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Why Should A Fire Sprinkler System Be A Requirement In UK Schools?

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The fire safety regulations differ between the nations of the UK. Though Scotland and Wales have made sprinklers mandatory in all new and refurbished schools, in England it is very much different. In 2019, only 15% of new schools have a fire sprinkler system installed and this was when it was “considered necessary”. This figure has since increased, yet it is still not law to have fire sprinklers in educational buildings. 

Over the years, fire outbreaks in schools have cultivated millions of pounds of damage. Ranging from the building’s damage, its resources and the education for children of all ages. Yet, fire sprinkler systems are still not mandatory, even though they have been proven to save lives. Most recently, no new schools built in Sheffield, South Yorkshire have been built with a fire sprinkler system installed, despite fire safety guidance. However, with the installation of fire sprinklers, this could be avoided. 

RAD Fire Sprinklers have been installing residential fire sprinkler systems in homes covering London and the South East. We understand fully why sprinklers should be always considered in any building and the number of lives they save each year. There are many reasons why a fire sprinkler system should be a legal requirement in schools across the UK and not just for when it’s too late. 


Fire Sprinkler System Decreases Education Disruption

In 2020, within 48 hours, two schools in Derby were engulfed in flames, requiring a combined 18 fire engines. Neither school had a fire protection system in place and cost the Council cabinet millions of damage. But it wasn’t just the building that suffered. All the pupils originally were sent to work from home, then moved between temporary schools and accommodations, including a three-floor office block. 

The school was unusable. However, with automatic fire sprinkler systems in place, the damage could have been avoided and children would still have been able to attend education. Following a fire, pupils are forced to relocate until the building is habitable again. Yet, a sprinkler system in place, decreases the amount of damage the building has.         


Saves Resources

Having a safer sprinkler system can also save precious educational resources from fire damage. These supplies could have been built up over years and years; some irreplaceable of a pupil and staff’s original work. 

The fitting of a common sprinkler system type can avoid this situation of losing vital pieces of work needed for assessments. The sprinkler head releases just the right amount of water to deal with the matter at hand. It saves the water supply, as fire engines use gallons to put out the fire. It also saves time as the sprinkler is automatic, putting out the blaze as quickly as possible and not having to wait for the emergency services.  


Saves Lives

But, most importantly, a reliable sprinkler protects both the pupils and staff members in case of a fire emergency. In the case of the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, a fire safety expert has stated that if there was a sprinkler system in place, there would have been a 99% chance of survival.

Fire sprinkler systems control the blaze automatically and without the need for assistance from anyone around. Services across the UK have reported that there has been no casualties or injuries in fires that were dealt with a sprinkler system. Therefore, why shouldn’t they be in schools? 


Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we make it our goal to promote and advise fire safety through automatic fire sprinkler systems in buildings across the UK. Though our expertise lies in residential sprinkler systems, we understand the importance of having a fire protection system in educational and commercial buildings. 

For more information, or to receive a quote, fill out our online contact form. Or, call us on 01892 680090 and speak to a member of our team.

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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