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Think Sprinkler

There is clear evidence that sprinklers can be effective in stopping fires spreading and putting them out.

Why should you install sprinklers?

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service plays a key leadership role in promoting a better understanding of the benefits of sprinklers as part of a core commitment to reduce the impact of fire on people, property and the environment in Derbyshire.

There is clear evidence that sprinklers can be effective in stopping fires spreading, significantly enhancing fire safety within the home and drastically reducing fatalities and serious injury as a result of fire.

Sprinklers have been successfully used for the protection of property such as factories, department stores and shopping centres for well over 130 years and there is now a growing appreciation of their potential to save lives in domestic properties where the majority of fire fatalities occur.

Domestic Sprinkler Campaign

"A Firefighter In Every Room Of Your Home"

Who are they good for?

Everybody. Though there are some organisations, groups and property types who could particularly benefit from sprinkler installation. These include:

  • Schools
  • Care homes or places where people with any mobility issues live
  • Heritage buildings
  • Hospitals
  • The homes of very vulnerable people
  • Specialist housing
  • Residential properties over 18m in height – including student accommodation
  • Hotels, B&Bs and hostels
  • Complex and deep sub surface structures such as basements
  • Large warehouses
  • Firefighters – when we need to enter burning buildings on search and rescue operations, sprinklers significantly reduce the risks to firefighters

Did you know?

Across all premises types, sprinklers are 99% effective*.

*Efficiency and Effectiveness of Sprinkler Systems in the UK.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is working hard to raise the profile and benefits of domestic sprinklers for all new build properties and as a retrofit. Fires in the home still account for the greatest number of fire fatalities and injuries each year, having a devastating effect on families and friends, leaving communities in mourning. This can however be eradicated by installing domestic sprinklers in the home.

Over the past 18 months, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has embarked on a major campaign to highlight the benefits of domestic sprinkler systems (including portable suppression systems) in new build properties and as a retrofit in properties where vulnerable persons at risk from fire reside. The Service has worked closely with key national and local partner organisations and local authorities within Derbyshire to achieve this aim.

Sprinklers can provide the ultimate protection to human life, property and the environment, virtually eliminating fire fatalities, reducing injuries by at least 80%, reducing property damage by 90% and substantially reducing damage to the environment from fire. Domestic sprinklers will not only warn of a fire but also act immediately to control it, even when no one is present.

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