FITTING sprinklers is the best way to limit the damage fire can
cause in your home or business, say Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service (GMFRS).
Their activation as fire crews are en route can save lives by
preventing fire from spreading, ultimately lessening the potential
spread not only to the room or building, but those around it.
The Service is urging people to realise the benefits of fitting
them in both business and domestic properties at the start of the
first ever National Fire Sprinkler Week - which runs from Monday,
February 3, to Sunday, February 9.
GMFRS' Head of Protection, Geoff Harris, said: "In the last 12
months alone, sprinklers have saved businesses in Greater
Manchester somewhere in the region of Â£5m.
"You can't argue with the facts - controlling a fire as it
starts is better than repairing the damage after it has spread.
"Sprinklers are the next step in revolutionising the fire world
in the same way smoke alarms have done, reducing fire damage,
deaths and injuries and protecting people, firefighters, homes,
jobs, the economy and the environment."
To help more people recognise the benefits, GMFRS is leading the
way by working with designers, planners and building control
bodies to incorporate sprinklers into all types of buildings.
The Seashell Trust, a Cheadle Hulme based charity that educates
and helps disabled children have been working closely with GMFRS
and are building a number of new bungalows for families and
children that will all be fitted with sprinklers.
It comes as it emerged that last year, there were nine occasions
when sprinklers either extinguished or contained fires at
businesses in Greater Manchester.
National Fire Sprinkler Week also aims to dispel some of the
myths about sprinklers, with people often mistakenly believing
sprinklers can cause floods and water damage is worse than fire
But with fire crews often using 15 times more water to do the
same job a sprinkler does alone and with commercial fires costing
the economy more than Â£2bn, and the average cost of a fire in a
domestic property at around Â£45k, the benefits of sprinklers are
clear to see.
On Thursday, February 6, GMFRS will host a number of local
authority and social landlord delegates at a Sprinkler Awareness
To learn more about sprinklers go to https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/think_sprinkler.aspx
For more information about National Fire Sprinkler Week 2014, go
National Fire Sprinkler Week 2014 aims to raise awareness and
understanding about fire prevention and control.
The campaign is being led by a number of key influential
â€¢ National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN)
â€¢ Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA)
â€¢ British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA)
â€¢ Local Government Association (LGA)
â€¢ Chief Fire