National Sprinkler Week 2021


National Sprinkler Week

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) will be running National Sprinkler Week from 17th - 23rd May.  

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The aims of the campaign are :

  • To highlight the critical role that sprinklers can play as part of a package of fire safety measures
  • To focus on the importance of getting more sprinklers into schools to limit both the societal and economic impact of fires in schools
  • To dispel myths about sprinklers

Fire sprinklers are widely recognised as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages. 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 
  • 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 believes further action is required to improve the fire safety of buildings in the UK  support the installation of sprinklers in all new and converted school buildings regardless of their height and retrofitting to exisiting buildings when refurbishment occurs. - At present, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland differ in their requirements on sprinklers in schools yet the science of fire knows no political or geographical boundaries.

Sprinkler regulations



Toolkit 2021


 Resources (English) 


Resources (Welsh)


NFCC AFSS Position Statement