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How to Ensure Your Sprinkler System is BS9251 Compliant

Without a properly installed fire sprinkler system, the consequences can be catastrophic. A properly functioning sprinkler system is a critical aspect of fire safety in any building. A sprinkler system that complies with the British Standard BS9251 is a reliable and effective way to protect a building and its occupants from the devastating effects of fire.


BS9251 Explained

BS9251 sets out the requirements for sprinkler systems installed in residential and domestic properties. It specifies the design, installation, and maintenance of the system. Ensuring it operates effectively in the event of a fire. Listed below are some key steps to follow to ensure your sprinkler system is BS9251 compliant.


Understand the Requirements of BS9251

The first step is to familiarise yourself with the requirements of BS9251. The standard covers a range of aspects. From the types of sprinkler heads to the materials used in the system’s installation. It also includes guidelines for the design of the system, its maintenance, and its testing.

To ensure compliance, you must understand the requirements set out in the standard. Ensuring that your sprinkler system meets them. The best way to do this is to consult with a qualified sprinkler system installer who can design and install the system according to the standard.


Design the System Properly

The design of the sprinkler system is critical to ensuring its compliance with BS9251. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for the system’s design. This includes the number and type of sprinkler heads required for each area of the building, the location of the water supply, and the minimum pressure and flow rates required.

To ensure compliance, the system must be designed by a qualified designer who understands the requirements. The designer must take into account the building’s layout, occupancy, and fire load when designing the system.


Install the System Accurately

The installation of the sprinkler system is another crucial step. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for the installation of the system. This includes the materials used, the location of the sprinkler heads, and the type of water supply used.

To ensure compliance, the installation of the system must be carried out by a qualified installer. The professional must follow the design specifications and use the correct materials and installation methods to ensure the system operates effectively in the event of a fire.


Perform Regular Maintenance 

Regular maintenance and testing are essential. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for maintenance and testing, including the frequency of inspections, the types of tests required, and the records that must be kept.

Any faults or defects must be identified and corrected promptly to ensure the system operates effectively in the event of a fire.


Keep Accurate Records

Accurate records must be kept to demonstrate compliance with BS9251. The standard specifies the types of records that must be kept, including design and installation records, maintenance records, and testing records.

Accurate records must be kept by the installer, the maintenance contractor, and the building owner or manager. The records must be kept up-to-date and readily available for inspection by the relevant authorities.


What do I do if My Sprinkler System Doesn’t Comply with BS9251?

If your sprinkler system does not comply with BS9251, it’s essential to take action to ensure that your property and its occupants are protected in case of a fire.

First, you should assess why the system doesn’t comply with the standard and identify the areas that need improvement. It may require modifications or upgrades to the existing system or a complete replacement. 

You should consult with a qualified fire sprinkler engineer who can evaluate your current system and recommend necessary changes. It’s essential to prioritise the safety of your property and its occupants and take prompt action to ensure your sprinkler system is up to the required standards.


RAD Fire Sprinkler Systems UK

At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we install all of our home fire sprinkler systems in line with BS9251. For twenty years, the team at RAD Fire Sprinklers has installed fire and water sprinklers in residential buildings. Fill out this form if you’d like more details about our sprinkler systems. Alternatively, call us at 01892 680 090. 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.
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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
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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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