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Sprinkler activation helps control factory fire

30 December 2014

A sprinkler system activation helped control and suppress a fire at the factory of Willerby Holiday Homes in Hull in late November. Four fire engines from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident and were confronted by a fire on the main production line.

Dom Purchon from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The premises had an automatic water sprinkler system installed which activated in the area of the fire. The sprinkler system was able to limit the damage on the main production line to approximately 50m2, containing the fire and preventing further spread resulting in minimum disruption for the company.

More than 60 fires occur in work places every day, costing the UK economy more than £2 billion per year. Sprinklers could cost as little as £18-£25 per m2 of a building.”

Sprinklers allow increased business resilience and can also reduce the following:
• death and injury from fire
• damage to property and heritage
• the effects of arson
• the environmental impact of fire
• fire costs and the disruption to the business
• the risks to firefighters

“Individual sprinkler heads will only activate when the room temperature reaches a certain point. The heads operate as individual heat sensors – water is only released in the area where there is a fire. Firefighters often use 15 times more water from hoses to do the same job as a sprinkler does alone,” Dom added.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service support the installation of all automatic water suppression systems such as sprinklers in their drive to support a commitment to safer communities and safer firefighters.