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According to regulations in England, fire sprinkler systems must be installed in certain properties. Residential blocks over 30m high must have a water sprinkler system fitted to not only protect the property but the lives within it too. Non-compartmented areas in buildings over 2,000ft must also have a sprinkler system fitted, and they’re also recommended for factories and warehouses. They’re one of the most effective forms of fire suppression, but do we really need a residential sprinkler system?

 A residential property is any building that is being used as or is suitable to be used as a dwelling. This applies to homes, flats and care facilities such as nursing homes. Although most of these properties are now fitted with a smoke alarm to alert inhabitants of a fire, sprinklers work to extinguish the blaze and eliminate it at the source. All properties could benefit from having a reliable sprinkler system installed, in order to save lives.


Domestic Housing

Detached, semi-detached and terraced housing are three of the most common domestic dwellings in the UK. 77% of fire fatalities in the UK happened in domestic dwellings in the 2018-19 period, highlighting the desperate need for more light to be shone upon the benefits of installing sprinklers into homes. They can protect your home for years to come with regular maintenance, and will keep fire and water damage to a minimum. Residential sprinkler systems also work to help firefighters who come to your home to help tackle the blaze, keeping them safer too.

Qualified fire sprinkler companies can design and install your sprinkler system based upon your water supply and pressure, plus the dimensions of your house. They work to detect the heat of a fire, isolating the blaze and working with your smoke alarm to ensure everyone is evacuated efficiently. To find out more about our domestic fire sprinkler systems, please visit us on our website here.


High-Rise Flats and Apartments

There has never been a more important time to install a residential fire sprinkler system into high rise flats than now. Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Government changed the requirement for sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings. The threshold was lowered from 30m above ground level to 11m, protecting more lives and preventing catastrophes like Grenfell from happening again. More sprinkler systems have yet to be installed into all high-rise buildings in the UK, but changes are being made.

Fires in high-rise buildings are meant to be contained within the individual fire compartmentation throughout the building. Each fire compartment has sprinkler heads installed within them and these will quickly operate to extinguish the quickly developing fire.


Care Homes

Care facilities are home to numerous vulnerable people who must be protected at all costs from the tragic potential consequences of a fire. In Scotland, new legislation highlights that all new-build care homes must have a residential sprinkler system installed, but this poses a problem for existing care homes. Responsibility for effective fire safety falls upon the ‘responsible person,’ but this does not mean that water sprinkler systems are always a requirement. 

With the presence of vulnerable people comes a much slower reaction to the signs of a fire. A smoke alarm may sound, but staff must react quickly to ensure all residents evacuate as soon as possible. Some people may have a disability or mobility issues, so getting out of the building quickly could be an issue. Therefore, sprinklers can provide extra time to evacuate, working to extinguish the fire rapidly.


How We Can Help

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we have years of experience in designing and installing residential sprinkler systems, as well as effective fire mist systems in commercial properties, warehouses and other buildings. To find out more, or to receive a quote, please get in touch today by giving us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form.

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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