Ultrasafe Fire Suppression have extensive experience designing and fitting Care Home Fire Sprinklers. Whether your project is a new build, a conversion or a refurbishment our experts understand the regulations and the design trade-offs. Since 2002 Ultrasafe have installed fire sprinkler systems in a variety of care facilities and nursing homes including 16 care homes as part of Kent PFI and more recently, the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
There is a common belief that fire does not discriminate. To a certain extent this is true, but it is often the case that specific groups within society are more prone to having a fire than others. Extra Care facilities are becoming more popular and offer independence to vulnerable residents including:
Residences are not only prone to having fires but may struggle with poor physical mobility hampering their ability to extinguish the fire, raise the alarm or escape.
Or read on to find out more about the benefits of fitting fire sprinklers in care facilities and nursing homes.
Ultrasafe has had three fire sprinkler stops since 2009 and in all cases the fire sprinkler system was fitted into the properties which covered the above groups. Click here to read about our sprinkler stops
The importance of a care home fire sprinkler system is that it will control and in most cases extinguish a fire before the fire and rescue services arrive. Fire sprinklers prevent flash over from occurring creating more tenable conditions, allowing occupants to escape safely. It is not just a life safety system, a fire sprinkler system can go a long way to ensure independent living of the occupants it is protecting.
If you work in the care sector an installed fire sprinkler system can bring you considerable benefits, especially in relation to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
In Scotland it is has been compulsory to fit fire sprinkler systems in all care and nursing homes since 2005. This requirement will also become mandatory in Wales from January 2016 when all new domestic and residential buildings will be required to have a fitted fire sprinkler system.
Having a Fire Sprinkler system designed into a care facilities enables a client to enjoy the following permissible design trade-offs:
When designing a care home to BS 9999:2008 it is possible to reduce the risk profile of the building when fire sprinklers are incorporated. By doing this significant cost savings as well as design freedoms can be made including:
If you are interested to find out more about how Ultrasafe Fire Suppression can help you please do not hesitate to call us on 01625 467245 or email us. Our experts will be happy to answer your questions.
This video was produced by Fire and Rescue NSW and shows a reconstruction of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire. It demonstrates the impact that a single sprinkler would have made had one been installed.
Fire Sprinklers installed in Residential Care Homes can increase a vulnerable person’s chance of escaping a fire. When a fire sprinkler detects heat at a set temperature, the sprinkler head closest to the fire will burst and allow the water to flow and suppress the flames. In addition to giving...Read More
A recent fire inspection recommended the installation of a Fire Sprinkler System at an existing Care Home in Morecambe, Lancashire. Sprinklers control fire growth and allow extra time for residents to leave a building in the event of a fire, thereby reducing both the risk to life and reducing the...Read More
Clients: St Michaels Hospice Property Details: This 188 year old building was originally known as Gensing Lodge and formed the central part of the building, The Augustine Sisters of the Holy Heart of Mary purchased the building and opened as a care home for elderly ladies who had no family...Read More
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