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Automatic Sprinklers

A basic fire sprinkler system includes pipes that carry the water supply to a series of sprinkler heads. They are strategically placed in the ceiling of each room. Pressure valves built into the network of piping helps to control the water pressure and the rate of flow of the water through the system.

Commonly used as a primary fire protection solution for almost 150 years, automatic sprinkler systems are highly effective.

There are many different types of sprinkler systems, which are listed.

The most common type of system, found in a variety of different premises. This system is constantly charged with water.

For areas susceptible to freezing such as a car park, these systems contain a valve which ‘hold back’ the supply of water and pipework that is permanently charged with air.

Containing sprinkler heads or nozzles that are open, a deluge system operates by an activation of smoke/heat sensors. Found in power plants, aircraft hangars and chemical storage.

Similar to a dry pipe system in that the pipework is charged with air, a pre-action utilises a primary sensory system to charge the system with water, effectively turning it into a wet type system. Found in cold storage warehouses or areas containing valuables such as museums.

Installed where there is risk of a liquid fire from flammable liquids. Found in aircraft hangers and various types of warehouse premises.

Wet Riser

In buildings over 45m in height a Wet Riser is required. This operates in the same way as a Dry Riser, however, the pipe is constantly charged with water and has a water storage tank as well as duty and standby pumps to boost the water to heights of above 45m. 

Dry Riser 

A dry riser is an empty pipe that can be externally connected to a pressurised water source by firefighters. It is a vertical pipe intended to distribute water to multiple levels of a building or structure as a component of the fire suppression systems. 

Fire Hydrants 

Fire hydrants are a connection point by which firefighters can tap into a water supply. It is a component of active fire protection, underground fire hydrants have been used in Europe and Asia since the 18th century.

Gas Suppression

Gas suppression is ideally suited in server rooms where other forms of firefighting may cause water damage or loss of data, or in electrical rooms where water would pose a risk to life. By using inert gases and chemical agents it means that your employees and assets are safe in all circumstances.

Pump Rooms

Providing a mains feed via an electric or diesel pump to ensure continuous water pressure when fighting a fire, pumps rooms form part of a large sprinkler installation where a towns mains supply is not sufficient enough and water storage tanks are required.

High & Low Water Mist Systems

A water mist system is a fire protection system which uses very fine water sprays (i.e. water mist). The small water droplets allow the water mist to control, suppress or extinguish a fire.

The use of water mist fire suppression, when compared to the use of gaseous agents and traditional sprinkler systems, has revealed advantages such as:

• Immediate activation.
• High efficiency in the suppression of a wide variety of fires.
• Environmentally sound characteristics.
• Minimised water damage

Servicing and Maintenance

EFS install, maintain and service systems across the UK. We can offer different plan solutions, depending on your needs. Contact us today with your requirements or to discuss options.

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