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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Sprinkler Systems Can Save Water as Well as Lives

18/04/2012

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness

‘Sprinkler systems can save water as well as lives’ is the message from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as the county is declared an official drought zone.'

“Clearly, our major concern in promoting an increase in the use of sprinklers is saving lives and reducing property damage. However, it would appear that given the other pressures on our natural resources there is an opportunity to join up the fire safety and environmental agendas.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness.

 An increased and more systematic fitting of fire sprinkler systems in homes, schools and business premises will not only save lives and reduce damage to property, it will also have a positive environmental impact says Chris Enness, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“Sprinkler systems save lives and protect lives – there is no doubt about that. They also have a major impact on reducing damage to property and where this relates to a business or a school; enable business as usual to be resumed far more quickly and with less disruption. But there are other associated benefits.
“The statistics speak for themselves. The widespread use of sprinklers could save up to 96% of the 5.6 billion litres of water used annually in the UK to fight large fires - three months supply of water for the entire population of a city the size of Leeds.
“The main reason for this is that the sprinkler system will trigger at a much earlier stage when a fire is far smaller and therefore easier to control. Also, sprinkler systems will only operate in the direct area of the fire so they are much more water efficient.
“Clearly, our major concern in promoting an increase in the use of sprinklers is saving lives and reducing property damage. However, it would appear that given the other pressures on our natural resources there is an opportunity to join up the fire safety and environmental agendas.”
The increased use of sprinklers is being pushed nationally by fire and rescue services across the country, with Staffordshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness being the Chief Fire Officers’ Association lead officer for sprinklers.

For more information about sprinklers visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk and visit the business section.

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