12th Apr 2016

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Live Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service: Cheshire Fire Sprinkler CampaignAs part of the Cheshire Fire Sprinkler Campaign, Cheshire Fire and Rescue service conducted a live fire demonstration for observers to witness the benefits of sprinklers. Very often the choice to fit a sprinkler, (weather it is a residential fire sprinkler system or a domestic fire sprinkler system) is driven by legislation, however the legislation is there to protect properties and people. We wanted to share this with you as it is such a clear unbiased demonstration of what a fire sprinkler system has to offer.

Unlike many tests this was carried out in a real property – a sheltered housing scheme in Crewe owned by a South Cheshire housing association. The property was due to be re-developed as family housing. The test was designed to demonstrate what happens when an electrical fault in a bedroom starts a fire.

The event was described by Martin Low on Granada TV’s report: “Rarely can the dramatic consequences of fire be seen. The flames take hold and quickly spread. After just one minute the bedroom is well alight. Thick acrid smoke adds to the danger. After just two minutes the chances of survival are already slim. By three minutes the temperature has reached 1000oC and escape is all but unthinkable.”

Cheshire Fire Sprinkler Campaign: Sprinkler Test - Bedroom fire test 2 mins

Bedroom Fire after just 2 mins (without sprinkler)

Cheshire Fire Sprinkler Campaign: Sprinkler Test - Bedroom fire with sprinkler

Identical bedroom fire with sprinkler fitted

“An identical fire in an identical bedroom, but this room has been fitted with a sprinkler. After 30 seconds it activates and the flames are extinguished. Damage here is minimal.”

Mark Cashin Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service commented: “It is a tale of two rooms entirely. We have got one room wihich was completely devastated. No one could possibly have survived in that room. An exactly identical room with the same furnishings in it and the same fire and the fire is extinguished in just under a minuet.

In 2010/11 in England there were 321 people killed by fire of those 9 were in Cheshire. Fire Chiefs believe that sprinklers systems would have saved many of those lives.

You can see the event reported by Granada here and read more about it on the Cheshire Fire Service website.

About Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service operate 24 fire stations, four community safety centres, three community fire protection offices and a headquarters in Winsford. They respond to emergency incidents across the four unitary council areas of, Halton, Warrington, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester. The Authority provides a 24 hour service to just over 1 million people and employs some 655 operational staff and 233 community safety and other support staff.

Ultrasafe design, install, commission and service domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems throughout England and Wales from offices in Cheshire, East Sussex, Lancashire and Wales. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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