Cam­paign launched to in­stall sprin­klers

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

Sprin­klers are in­stant fire­fight­ers, likened to hav­ing a fire­fighter in ev­ery room 24/7 – they are safe, cost-ef­fec­tive and of­fer pro­tec­tion to life and prop­erty.

Head of pro­tec­tion for CFRS Lee Shears said: “Fire is in­dis­crim­i­nate. It de­stroys lives, homes, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and his­tory that can­not be re­placed. Ev­ery year peo­ple are need­lessly killed and se­ri­ously in­jured in fires. Ev­ery year peo­ple are made home­less as a re­sult of fire.

“Ev­ery year busi­nesses col­lapse and peo­ple lose their liveli­hoods as a re­sult of fire. Lives and prop­er­ties can be saved with this sim­plest of ad­di­tions.”

Cam­paigns to pro­mote smoke alarms, which give an early warn­ing of fire, have been very ef­fec­tive with 90% smoke alarm own­er­ship recorded in Eng­land in 2016-17. But sprin­klers ac­tu­ally con­trol and can stop the spread of fires.

Mr Shears added: “There is clear ev­i­dence that sprin­klers can be ef­fec­tive in stop­ping fires spread­ing and putting them out. They are proven to save lives and prop­erty, min­imise en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age and re­duce eco­nomic loss.

“Fires in the home still ac­count for the great­est num­ber of fire deaths and in­juries each year, so the in­stal­la­tion of sprin­klers in do­mes­tic premises would have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in re­duc­ing these.

“There is also a com­pelling case to be made for sprin­klers to be fit­ted in any com­mer­cial premises.

“In com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ments, busi­nesses could get back to nor­mal in a rel­a­tively short space of time af­ter a fire. It is a well-known fact that many busi­nesses that suf­fer from sig­nif­i­cant fires and fire dam­age never re­turn to op­er­a­tion.

“Sprin­klers can safe­guard against that and sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity.”

A live fire demon­stra­tion was held at the cam­paign launch, as fea­tured in a video, which com­pared two iden­ti­cally fur­nished school re­cep­tion class­rooms – iden­ti­cal apart from one be­ing fit­ted with a sprin­kler and the other with­out.

The aim was to prove the way in which a sprin­kler sys­tem con­tains the spread of fire and the dif­fer­ence in dam­age in the two sce­nar­ios.

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