What Should Businesses Know About Sprinkler Systems and the Law?
What do I need to know? When it comes to sprinkler systems and the UK law, it is hard to know when these fire prevention methods are mandatory and when they are just suggested. The regulations are there to ensure safety for both employees and customers in businesses, and the equipment that could be damaged in a fire.
Find out what businesses should know about sprinkler systems and whether they are required below, from a professional sprinkler installation company.
Are Sprinkler Systems Legally Required in Businesses?
Currently, sprinkler systems are not mandatory in every business across the UK. Only businesses with a total area of 20,000 square metres or larger are required to install life-saving fire sprinkler systems, under current UK law.
However, if a business employs more than 5 employees, or is open to the public, the owner is required by law to complete a fire risk assessment; evaluating the risks, evacuation routes in the case of an emergency and that there is suitable fire protection systems in place. From these findings, the responsible person may decide that a sprinkler system is required throughout the business.
This concludes that, although UK law does not make sprinkler systems a legal requirement in every building, they may nonetheless be called for to reduce the risk of fire in the workplace. Find out more about sprinkler requirements on our previous blog.
Does My Business Need a Sprinkler System?
In accordance with the law, businesses with a total area of over 20,000 square metres require sprinkler systems in place. And this is true for companies that are situated in residential blocks or high-rise buildings over 30m high; following UK regulations. For more information on businesses and sprinkler systems, click here.
A fire risk assessment will result in different conclusions for each company. However, according to estimates from the Fire and Rescue Service, 85% of SMEs who experience a fire close their doors within 18 months. This means that taking the appropriate steps, now to safeguard your company, in the future could make a significant difference.
Sprinkler heads are precisely positioned for each space in commercial systems; providing the best level of protection possible in the case of an emergency. This helps to keep not just your employees, customers, and yourself safe, but also your premises. Sprinklers serve as an automatic first line of defence. They slow the spread of fire and allow for more time for safe and efficient evacuations.
What Type of Businesses Could Benefit From Fire Sprinkler Systems?
At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we advocate the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all buildings. But, which businesses would benefit most from these fire prevention methods? Sprinkler systems in hotels have been shown to help reduce damage to the property; including hotel furniture and guest belongings. As there may be hundreds of guests staying at once, sprinklers will help perform a safer evacuation. Read more of our previous blog here.
Also, throughout warehouses in the UK, fires tend to break out due to large scale heating systems, flammable chemicals and other appliances. Currently, there are around 621 warehouse fires each year; a figure that can substantially be lowered with the installation of sprinkler systems. Protect both the workers and equipment, which might cost thousands to repair.
RAD Fire Sprinklers
Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote and install fire sprinklers in buildings across the UK, including schools and social housing. We understand the benefits of sprinkler systems, both general and sustainable; as these fire protection systems continue to prevent damage and save lives.
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