MID and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Sprinkler Week campaign this year.
The campaign will run from Sunday 19th May to Friday 24th May. NFCC and the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) carried out research to investigate the effectiveness and reliability of sprinkler systems. They found that sprinkler systems operate on 94% of occasions demonstrating very high reliability.
Furthermore, it is evident that when they do operate they extinguish or contain the fire on 99% of occasions and are thus very effective. The evidence also demonstrated that in both converted and purpose-built flats, sprinklers are 100% effective in controlling fires. There is disparity in building regulations regarding the provision of sprinklers in the UK. Sprinkler laws in Wales and Scotland are stricter than in England which means that their communities have more fire protection.
Group Manager David Hancock, Head of Business Fire Safety for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, “The evidence speaks for itself, research proves that sprinklers are very effective and provide strong fire safety protections as part of a fire safety package.”
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Home Safety Manager Will Bowen, said “The legislation which places a requirement for sprinklers to be fitted to all new homes being built in Wales will result in fewer fire deaths and injuries across the country”
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service along with the NFCC are asking for people to support the campaign by following the hashtag #ThinkSprinkler on social media to raise awareness on sprinklers.
This is a multinational campaign and is also being supported in America, Canada and Australia.