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Sprinkler Systems

How Sprinkler Systems Work

Sprinkler systems save lives, businesses, and homes. Therefore knowing how they work is critical. This is because if they are not working to their full potential, you would not be able to detect this until they are required in an emergency. The most crucial benefit of these systems is that they increase people’s chances of escaping a burning building. These systems offer protection against fire damage. This can also save money by lessening the severity and damage of a fire. However, how do they operate and who do they help?

Who are Sprinkler Systems Beneficial For?

In short, everybody. However, there are many organisations and properties that could especially benefit from sprinkler systems. Such as:

  • Schools
  • Care homes
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels and Hostels
  • Large warehouses
  • Homes of vulnerable people
  • Deep surface structures such as basements

How Do Sprinkler Systems Work?

A fire sprinkler system is a system of pipes receiving water pressure from a fire pump, tank, or water main. The pipework in the areas that need to be protected has fire sprinkler heads connected to it. However, despite what is depicted in movies and television adverts, fire sprinklers are NOT activated by smoke, and they DO NOT all go off at the same time. That is a myth.

Fire sprinklers only activate at the sprinkler head closest to the fire because they are heat activated. One sprinkler head activation is sufficient to put out a fire in 98% of cases. When the necessary temperature is reached in the event of a severe and quickly spreading fire, the next nearby sprinkler head will activate.

The smoke from a fire will typically activate a smoke detector, alerting any occupants to the danger. Depending on where the smoke detector is located, this could take some time, and in the meantime, the fire is spreading. The air directly above a fire heats up as a result of the fire. This heated air is forced laterally across the ceiling as it ascends to the top. The sprinkler head is activated when this hot air touches it. The required temperature varies based on the sprinkler head type installed but is typically between 68 and 74 degrees Celsius.

RAD Fire Sprinklers

Our home fire sprinkler systems are installed in compliance with all applicable laws, including BS9251, and according to industry standards. Home fire sprinklers have been installed by the professionals at RAD Fire Sprinklers since 2001. We have acquired and honed all the skills required to guarantee a proficient installation. For more information, or to receive a quote, fill in our form here. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090.

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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.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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RAD Fire Sprinklers Ltd.
58A St John’s Road
Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9NY

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