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Sprinkler saves home from fire in Tyne and Wear

Sprinkler saves home from fire in Tyne and Wear

Posted by DML on Jan 29, 2016

Two residents still have a home thanks to their new domestic sprinkler system. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire in a bungalow on Barr Close, Battle Hill, just before 7pm last Saturday.It is believed the fire started in the kitchen when a visiting carer accidentally left a bag on the hob, the front door glass panels being blown out when an aerosol and bottle of perfume exploded in the heat. Fortunately, no one was at home at the time.When the fire broke out, the detector head closest to the fire activated, spraying a fine mist into the kitchen which cooled the smoke and quickly suppressed the fire. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and North Tyneside Council joined forces in 2014 to fund jointly the fitting of domestic sprinkler systems in nine bungalows at Barr Close.# Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Baines said: “Thankfully no one was injured during this incident and the domestic sprinkler system activated to extinguish the fire quickly.“Many of our vulnerable people are choosing to live independently in their own homes so we want to make sure they stay as safe as possible from fire.“ Clear evidence suggests the installation of sprinklers, especially in the homes of our most vulnerable members is one of the most effective measures in protecting occupants from fire.” Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The safety of our residents is of paramount importance to us. By installing sprinkler systems, we can give some of our more vulnerable residents added protection in their own homes.” Coun Carole Burdis, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Member...

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Automist Smartscan the Intelligent Water Mist System.

Automist Smartscan the Intelligent Water Mist System.

Posted by DML on Jan 15, 2016

Automist Smartscan Its here! The new intelligent Automist Smartscan has a rotating head that scans the area, identifies the highest heat source and then directly targets the fire with a powerful jet of water mist. The system has been shown to achieve the same performance as residential fire sprinklers but uses 90% less water. This extinguishes the fire and results in far less water damage to the surrounding area. Automist Smartscan has been tested by independent third parties against BS9252 & BS8458. The system passed the same performance criteria that are applied to conventional sprinkler systems even if the fire was near or far, shielded or ventilated. NFS can supply and fit Automist Smartscan systems now. See more details by clicking link Automist Smartscan   Source: Automist Smartscan the smart water mist...

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Sprinklers hold blaze at bay – Lancashire

Sprinklers hold blaze at bay – Lancashire

Posted by DML on Jan 4, 2016

  Sprinklers hold blaze at bay 08:03 Monday 04 January 20161 Firefighters have stressed the importance of sprinkler systems after a night-time blaze at a plastics factory was kept under control until crews arrived. The fire, late on Sunday night at industrial premises in Pittman Way, Fulwood, Preston, started in a large oven.Two crews from Fulwood and Preston attended the scene and extinguished the flames. Later acting watch manager Chris Archer said: “The fire was controlled by the site’s sprinkler system, without which the fire would have spread to adjacent machinery and products stored in racking. “This incident highlighted the benefits of installing sprinklers in controlling fire in its early stages.”The industrial oven was destroyed in the blaze and the warehouse suffered water and smoke damage. Source: Sprinklers hold blaze at bay – Lancashire Evening...

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Scottish Fire Deaths Increase

Scottish Fire Deaths Increase

Posted by DML on Dec 15, 2015

Scottish Fire Statistics Published – Increase in Fire Deaths Reported   The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) today released the statistical bulletin Fire and Rescue Statistics, Scotland, 2014-15, presenting the latest statistics on fires, special service incidents, casualties and false alarms in Scotland. The number of fires fell by 11 per cent in 2014-15, continuing the general downward trend of the last ten years.  The latest figures report 25,002 fires in Scotland, down from 27,979 in 2013-14.  This fall reflects an 18% decrease in the number of secondary outdoor fires (from 16,359 in 2013-14 to 13,398 in 2014-15). The number of fires attended in 2014-15 was the lowest in the last decade. Figures show that:·         Provisionally, there were 41 fire fatalities in 2014-15 – an increase on the all-time low of 33 in 2013-14.  The number of fatal casualties in fires is prone to fluctuation because the numbers are small and while this figure is higher than in 2013-14 it is the second lowest figure in the last ten years and continues the general downward trend. · Of the 41 fire fatalities in 2014-15 it was established through subsequent fire investigations that 10 people had used fire as a means to commit suicide.  In previous years there had been between 2 and 4 fire fatalities a year that were found to be suicides.·         Whilst there was an increase of 6 per cent in the number of accidental dwelling fires in 2014-15, from 4,682 fires in 2013-14 to 4,953 in 2014-15, accidental dwelling fires were at their second lowest level in the last decade.· Of the 5,571 dwelling fires in...

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Sprinkler system saves elderly man’s life

Sprinkler system saves elderly man’s life

Posted by DML on Nov 23, 2015

An elderly man had a lucky escape from a fire caused by a cigarette in his flat thanks to a sprinkler system. Sutton firefighters were called to a fire at the residential care home in Mickleham Gardens in Cheam on Saturday night. Luckily the man had already escaped the flat and his sprinkler system had put out most of the flames. He was treated for shock on the scene and taken to hospital as a precaution. Sutton fire station manager Richard Field said: “This close call shows just how vital sprinklers are in care homes and sheltered accommodation – they not only stop fires from spreading, they save lives. “People living in sheltered accommodation and extra care facilities are often very vulnerable to fire. “They may have limited mobility or a disability which makes it difficult for them to notice a fire and react quickly. “If it wasn’t for the flat’s sprinkler system this fire could have had a very different outcome. “It appears the careless disposal of cigarettes was the cause of the fire. “It’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire that could destroy not only your home, but also your life. “It is extremely fortunate that no-one was injured in this fire.” Fire engines from Sutton and New Malden fire stations attended the incident. Share article The brigade was called at 11:12pm and the fire was over at 11:47pm. For more information on sprinklers visit: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/sprinklers.asp Source: Sprinkler system saves elderly man’s life in Cheam flat fire (From Sutton...

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Call for sprinklers in schools

Call for sprinklers in schools

Posted by DML on Aug 27, 2015

Call for South Yorkshire schools to install sprinklers after 50 blazes in two years Wednesday 26 August 2015 FIRE officers are calling on South Yorkshire schools to consider installing sprinkler systems, after attending more than 50 blazes in two years. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say many of the incidents were deliberately started fires on school grounds, such as bin and grass fires. But other incidents involved school buildings, prompting safety officers to issue their warning.Technical fire safety manager, Amy Jenkinson, said: “When you consider the huge costs associated with a school fire such as rebuilding, temporary relocation, loss of equipment and pupil’s academic work, it seems like an obvious move to install a sprinkler system, but many schools still don’t. Above everything else, sprinklers give added protection to the pupils and staff at the school, and the firefighters who respond to tackle the fire.”The fire service was called to 59 incidents at schools between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2015.Of these, 15 started accidentally whilst 43 were arson and one was an unknown cause. In 2012 firefighters attended a blaze at the then newly opened Parkwood Academy in the early hours of the morning, but a sprinkler system activated immediately, containing the fire and raising the alarm.In contrast, a fire at Campsmount school in Doncaster in 2009 caused millions of pounds worth of damage and the entire facility had to be rebuilt. The school did not have sprinklers fitted. Fire also destroyed Edlington Comprehensive School, which had recently closed, in January 2009.South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has already helped pioneer a drive for sprinklers to be installed...

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