This is why fire sprinklers matter.
Two rooms identical in every sense other than one is fitted with fire sprinklers.
The room without sprinklers is totally destroyed within four minutes.
Flashover has occurred with temperatures reaching more than 1000°C in less than 240 seconds.
Four minutes. That is all the time it took for the room without sprinklers to be totally destroyed.
And anyone trapped inside the room has no chance of survival.
The fire will also continue spread without control until firefighters are able to attend the scene and begin efforts to suppress the raging fire.
Compare and contrast the result of fire in the otherwise identical room which is fitted with sprinklers.
Within 120 seconds a single sprinkler closest to the fire is deployed as temperatures reach 60°C to 70°C and within seconds, the fire is suppressed.
By four minutes, the time at which flashover occurs in the unprotected room, instead of total destruction the room with sprinklers is now smoke free and anyone trapped can escape.
London Fire Brigade have no doubts. Fire sprinklers save lives. Currently around 500 people die each year and 1,200 are injured as a result of domestic fires. Sprinklers would dramatically reduce these figures.
Onside PR client Protect24 retrospectively fit fire sprinklers and fire protection measures for clients across the UK.
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