National Sprinkler Week 2020

National Sprinkler Week

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) will be running National Sprinkler Week from 18th - 24th May.  

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The aims of the campaign are to :

  • to educate the public on what sprinklers are and how they work,
  • to educate the public on the effectiveness and reliability of installing sprinklers as part of fire safety measures,
  • to dispel myths about sprinklers,
  • to raise awareness of the disparity in sprinkler legislation in the UK.

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 are looking to end the disparity in regulations across the UK. Laws in relations to sprinkelrs in the built environment are different in Wales and Scotland - they are stricter which means those communitites benefit from greater fire protection than England and Northern Ireland. NFCC has set out our position in relation to sprinkler systems in our Postion Statement - Automatic Fire Suppression Systems and furthermore, in responses to government ABD consultations  - specifically Sprinklers and other fire safety measures in high-rise blocks of flats. 

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NFCC is encouraging Fire and Rescue Services and the public to #ThinkSprinkler.  

Sprinkler Week Campaign Toolkit 2020 Sprinkler Week Visuals NFCC AFSS Position Statement