National Sprinkler Week 2019

National Sprinkler Week 19th - 24th May 2019 

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The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) will be running its National Sprinkler Week campaign this year from Sunday 19th May to Friday 24th May.  

National Sprinkler Week 2019 will focus on ensuring the public understand what sprinklers are, how they work and how effective they are, along with the benefits. The campaign will also raise awareness on how sprinkler legislation differs across the UK. 

Last yearNFCC 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 
  • When they do operate they extinguish or contain the fire on 99% of occasion 
  • In both converted and purpose-built flats, sprinklers are 100% effective in controlling fires.  

NFCC will be launching its latest research on fire deaths and injuries in buildings with sprinklers on Thursday 23rd May, during campaign week. 

These new findings support last year’s research and also show that fire-related injury, fatality and property damage is significantly reduced when sprinklers operate. Follow the campaign to learn about the findings of the research. 

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NFCC has responded to the government’s review of Approved Document B, setting out the changes that are needed in regard to sprinkler regulations. This includes asks for sprinkler legislation in England to be brought in line with Wales and Scotland, as well as calling for additional measures. 

Terry McDermott, NFCC lead for Sprinklers, said: 

“Our research proves that sprinklers are very effective and provide strong fire safety protections as part of a fire safety package.  

Wales and Scotland recognise this and have implemented measures to make their communities safer from fire; we want to see these changes in England and Northern Ireland as matter of urgency.  

Fire does not discriminate, and is just as dangerous in England and Northern Ireland as it is in the rest of the UK.” 

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NFCC is asking fire and rescue services to support the campaign to raise awareness on sprinklers by using the hashtag #ThinkSprinkler.  

America and Canada are also holding sprinkler awareness campaigns during the week and Australian FRSs will be supporting NFCC’s sprinkler campaign. 

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