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Water Sprinklers vs. Fire Extinguishers: Which is the Better Choice for Fire Safety?

When it comes to fire safety, one of the most important decisions that you need to make is choosing the right equipment to put out fires. Two of the most common options for this are water sprinklers and fire extinguishers. While both are designed to prevent fires from spreading, they work in very different ways, and choosing the right one for your situation is critical. In this article, we will explore the differences between water sprinklers and fire extinguishers and help you decide which is the better choice for your needs.

Water Sprinklers 

Many homes and commercial buildings have water sprinklers as a standard fire safety measure. They are typically mounted on the ceiling and attached to a system of water-filled pipes. The sprinkler system turns on and sprays water onto the fire to put it out when a fire is detected. One of the primary advantages of water sprinklers is that they are incredibly effective at stopping fires from spreading. They can cover a large area and can quickly put out fires before they have a chance to cause significant damage. They are also relatively inexpensive compared to other fire safety measures and require very little maintenance.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers, on the other hand, are handheld devices that are designed to put out small fires before they have a chance to spread. They work by releasing a chemical agent that smothers the fire, cutting off its oxygen supply and preventing it from burning. They are available in different types, including water, foam, dry powder, and carbon dioxide, each of which is suited to different types of fires. One of the primary advantages of fire extinguishers is their versatility. They can be used to put out fires in a wide range of situations, including those caused by flammable liquids and electrical equipment. They are also small and easy to store, making them an ideal choice for homes and small businesses.


Which Is The Better Choice For Fire Safety?

When it comes to choosing between water sprinklers and fire extinguishers, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best choice for your situation will depend on a variety of factors, including the size and layout of your property, the type of fires that are most likely to occur, and your budget.


In general, water sprinklers are a better choice for larger buildings and commercial properties, where they can quickly extinguish fires before they have a chance to spread. They are also an ideal choice for areas where flammable liquids or electrical equipment are not present.

RAD Fire Sprinkler Systems UK

At RAD Fire Sprinklers, all of our home fire sprinkler systems are installed in accordance with BS9251, all applicable fire safety laws, and industry standards. RAD Fire Sprinklers’ staff has been installing home fire and water sprinklers for two decades. We possess all the expertise required to guarantee a secure installation for each customer. For more information, fill in our form here. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090. As well, 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.
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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