Sprinkler saves in medium and high rise residential buildings

The following is a compendium of known sprinkler saves in medium and high rise residential buildings in the United Kingdom from 2003 to the present day.

Steve Mills

 

July 2003 : Lanarkshire, Scotland

Residential Flat Kitchen (Chip Pan fire)

11.00pm No injuries and very little damage, 1 head activated

 

July 2005 : Northampton House, Northampton

12 Storey Apartment Block

Kitchen : A Chip Pan had started ...

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Sprinkler retrofit costs brought up to date

In 2012 BAFSA demonstrated that it is cost effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks in particular in those constructed between 1950 & 1970.

In a pilot project, which installed automatic fire sprinklers in a 13 storey, 1960s tower block in Sheffield – Callow Mount, BAFSA demonstrated once and for all how significant improvements in life and building ...

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National Fire Sprinkler Network issues statement on the Grenfell Tower fire

The National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) have been watching the tragic events unfold at the horrendous fire at Grenfell House tower block in North Kensington in London. We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who has been affected by this devastating incident.  
Clearly the fire spread and subsequent loss of life at this fire is unprecedented in ...

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PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL FIRE SPRINKLER NETWORK

PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL FIRE SPRINKLER NETWORK
The National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) have been watching the tragic events unfold at the horrendous fire at Grenfell House tower block in North Kensington in London. We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who has been affected by this devastating incident.
Clearly the fire spread and subsequent loss of life at this fire is unprecedented in this type of structure in the UK. We know of no other high ...

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Grenfell Tower Fire

Following the fatal Grenfell Tower, many people will today be asking how such an incident occur. Examination of the facts and a formal investigation will be ongoing but meanwhile BAFSA can confirm that the building dates from 1974, when sprinklers were not required in high-rise apartment buildings in the UK.

Those requirements only took effect in England in 2007. Since then all new high-rise apartment buildings higher than ...

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Grenfell Tower Fire

Following the tragic event which took place overnight in London BAFSA wishes to send its condolences to all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and thank our colleagues from the Fire Service for their prompt response.

Earlier this morning BAFSA agreed with our colleagues in the National Fire Sprinkler Network, the European Fire Sprinkler Network and the Business Sprinkler Alliance that we would issue one agreed statement ...

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BS EN 16763:2017 Services for fire safety systems and security systems

New Standard Specifies Minimum Level of Education Required in Fire Safety Services

Will you be able to meet this standard?

A new standard has just been published – but unlike other standards, it does not specify technical aspects such as how a fire safety product should be designed or maintained.  Instead, the new standard, EN 16763 ‘Services for Fire Safety and Security Systems’ focuses purely on service delivery. It has been almost five years in the making, but ...

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BS EN 16763:2017 Services for fire safety systems and security systems

A fire-safety standard that defines ‘Competence’

A new fire standard has just been published, but unlike other standards, it does not specify technical aspects such as how a fire safety product should be designed or maintained.

Instead, the new standard, EN 16763 ‘Services for Fire Safety and Security Systems’, focuses purely on service delivery.

It has been almost five years in the making, but the new standard explores every part of the service – from planning, through to design, ...

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Yearly Hazard Reviews – BS EN12845 and the LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installation.

Yearly Hazard Reviews

TB203.3.2.2         Review of hazard

The effect of any changes of structure, occupancy, storage configuration, heating, lighting or equipment of a building or hazard classification or installation design shall be identified in order that the appropriate corrective action may be taken immediately.

The review shall be carried out by one of the following procedures:

  • an inspection by a competent person, for example by an engineer from a sprinkler contractor; or
  • the ...
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