Housing associations and private social housing providers must meet certain fire safety requirements in the properties they develop, refurbish and maintain.
Fire sprinklers are an effective way to meet these obligations, and can reduce the need for additional fire safety measures.
Base Fire Sprinklers work with housing associations and registered social landlords to assess premises, design adequate sprinkler systems - complete with water storage tank and supply pipework - and install the tank, pipes and sprinkler heads to a professional standard.
Premises are left with excellent protection against isolated fires, with concealed sprinkler heads that are aesthetically pleasing, relatively tamper-proof and less susceptible to accidental damage during cleaning, decorating and other everyday activities.
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When to Install Fire Sprinklers
There is never a bad time to install fire sprinklers, and the best time is always sooner, rather than later. Like an insurance policy for your property, you begin to benefit from the protection of sprinkler systems as soon as they are installed - and face a higher risk of an uncontrolled fire, the longer you delay.
Fire Sprinklers for New Social Housing
New-build social housing can benefit from having fire sprinklers installed as part of the initial build. Base Fire Sprinklers can provide complete CAD blueprints for the position of sprinkler heads, pipes and water tanks to meet legal requirements, and can take care of the installation.
We work with fellow contractors to ensure installation is completed on schedule, especially on complex new-build construction projects where we need to vacate the premises so other trades can get on site. Our team of professionals will complete the work quickly, to a high standard, and leave no mess behind.
Retrofit Sprinklers for Existing Social Housing
In existing social housing and homes of multiple occupancy (HMOs), retrofitting sprinkler systems can improve safety for tenants and help housing associations and private registered providers to meet their legal obligations.
Base Fire Sprinklers can design, supply and install retrofit sprinkler systems either as part of refurbishment, or with minimal cosmetic damage to fully finished premises. We will assess the size, shape and number of rooms, and recommend the right number of sprinkler heads to provide adequate coverage in all areas.
Installing Sprinklers with Sitting Tenants
Sprinklers can be installed in properties with current residents. Where this is necessary, we will minimise the time spent inside the property and any disruption to the tenant. Our installation engineers are polite and professional and will do everything we can to put the tenant at ease.
Remember, installing fire sprinklers in housing association properties should be a priority, especially where the residence is already occupied. The sooner the work can be carried out, the sooner the tenant benefits from increased protection against fire.
Water Tank Capacity Calculator
Our Online Water Tank Size Calculator provides a free estimate of tank size requirements for a residential fire sprinkler system. This easy-to-use online tool will help you determine the right sizing for your water tank needs.
Fire Sprinklers and Building Regulations for Housing Authorities
As mentioned above, installing fire sprinklers in housing association properties can allow certain relaxations in the Part B requirements that normally apply to fire safety.
Some of these relaxations include:
No need for alternative fire escape route
Reduced need for fire doors between adjacent areas
Small blocks of flats can be closer to the property boundary
External walls may have double the unprotected area
Greater flexibility about the design and use of indoor space
Sprinkler systems should meet the specifications of British Standard BS 9251 in order to allow these relaxations.
Base Fire Sprinklers can design BS 9251 compliant sprinkler systems and provide the necessary documentation to demonstrate this compliance, as well as complete and accurate diagrams of sprinkler heads and isolation valve positions, to keep in your fire safety records.
Benefits of Sprinkler Systems for Housing Authorities
To summarise the advantages of sprinkler systems for housing associations:
Improve protection for residents and property
Bring existing buildings up to current fire safety standards
Relax obligations under Part B building regulations
Sprinkler heads are independent of one another: only the sprinkler in the vicinity of the fire will activate. This reduces fire damage in the affected area, without causing water damage elsewhere in the property.
In addition to all of this, fire sprinklers are one of the most reliable ways to protect your property. They work in 94% of incidents and have a 99% effectiveness rate when activated.
To find out more about how Base Fire Sprinklers can help protect your housing association property against fire, contact us today for an initial no-obligation consultation.
Base Fire Sprinkler provides consultancy, installation, and maintenance service to housing associations to ensure the safety of the building and compliance with all regulations. We have completed projects in areas such as Stockport, Manchester, Warrington, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield - and across the UK.
Base Fire Sprinklers are renowned for their knowledge, experience and dedication to fire safety with expert spatial planning, which is crucial to housing associations. We are your trusted partner for all your fire safety needs, from design and installation to repairs and inspection of fire sprinklers. We use only the highest quality materials and equipment to ensure that your system is operating at its optimal performance.
Additionally, our maintenance programs offer peace of mind, knowing that your system is being regularly checked and maintained. We are here to provide you with a fire sprinkler solution that meets your needs.
Contact us today to learn more about our services or visit our design, installation, servicing & repair pages to see how we can assist you with each step of the process.