04 February 2014

As part of National Fire Sprinkler Week (3rd to 7th February) Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is highlighting the importance of installing a sprinkler system.

About sprinklers

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends that sprinklers are fitted in all schools to reduce fire damage, ensure business continuity, protect against arson attacks and make sure that any disruption to education is minimised.

The value of having sprinklers was demonstrated on Thursday 9th January at 2.26pm when the fire and rescue service attended a fire at a primary school in Northampton.

The fire started in a kitchen area within the school, and the sprinkler in the kitchen activated and extinguished the fire before it had the chance to develop into something more serious. The school had an up to date Fire Risk Assement and an evacuation procedure which led to the building being evacuated in a timely and efficient manner with no injuries to staff or pupils.

Two firefighters in breathing apparatus were deployed but due to the sprinkler activation, they found no fire and very little smoke or heat, which made their job quicker and easier.

Cabinet member for Public Protection, Strategic Infrastructure & Economic Growth Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said “Sprinklers are like having a firefighter on hand 24/7 ready to extinguish a fire should it occur.

“In this instance there was only a small amount of water damage, compared to the extensive fire damage that would have occurred if the school not had a sprinkler system fitted. Plus it meant that the school was able to carry on as normal without any interruption to lessons.”

The aim of National Fire Sprinkler Week is to promote the many benefits that sprinklers bring to the built environment, and to dispel the many myths and misconceptions associated with sprinkler systems.