and other types of Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS) can increase a vulnerable person's chance of escaping a fire.

What are sprinklers and AFSS?

What are Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS)?

AFSS, including sprinklers, can give a person with mobility issues a lot more time to escape if there is a fire, which is the main issue when even a small fire occurs. There are different kinds: whole-building systems, and personal protection watermist systems.

Why do we recommend these systems?

Why use sprinklers?

In a nutshell, they give people more time to escape if there is a fire. They can also limit fire damage within a property as they can stop the fire from spreading through the building.  There are two kinds:

Personal Protection Watermist Systems

A self-contained watermist system is essentially a sprinkler system in one room of a building, for one person. These systems are designed for people who spend most of their time confined to a specific area of their home. Watermist systems use a spray of fine water droplets that can supress a fire by cooling, wetting and displacing oxygen.

Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS) 

AFSS, such as sprinklers and water mist systems, are the kind we all imagine when we think of sprinklers. They react to heat, and when the temperature in a room fitted with a sprinkler reaches 60 – 70 degrees the sprinkler will spray water across the room and suppress the fire causing the rise in temperature. Find out more on the sprinklers page in the property management section.

Getting extra help

Identify needs with a home fire safety visit

We can provide more specialist advice about sprinklers and fire safety during a free home fire safety visit. Visits can be arranged at any time (24/7), and we even fit free smoke alarms if the person you care for needs them. Specialist alarms can also be fitted – for example, strobe light and vibrating pad alarms for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Person using the Home Fire Safety Checker on their smartphone.

Worried about someone you care for?

We have a simple tool that can guide you around the home helping you spot fire risks, or we can carry out a visit ourselves.

Home Fire Safety Checker (HFSC)

Useful downloads

Personal protection system guidance

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Think Sprinkler leaflet

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