The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has recommended that improved fire safety measures are taken in all residential buildings. This includes installing fire alarms in multi-occupancy buildings and sprinklers or fire suppression systems in all new and converted residential buildings.
The recommendation has been made in a submission to an independent review of building regulations and fire safety which was ordered by the government in June. The review, led by Dame Judith Hackett, is part of wide-ranging efforts to improve fire safety in residential buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Sprinkler systems are recommended by official bodies like RIBA because they are unbeatably reliable and effective. In fact, there have been no multiple fire deaths in the UK as a result of a fire in a dwelling with a working sprinkler system. In most cases, just one sprinkler is capable of extinguishing a fire, as when a fire reaches extremely high temperatures, the sprinkler closest to the fire activates, spraying water directly onto the flames beneath it.
Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) helps clients across the UK meet the demand for dependable safety systems, with a comprehensive fire solutions provision comprised of the installation and maintenance of wet risers, dry risers and sprinkler systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguisher services. The Fire Solutions division supports building and FM companies and local authorities across the UK by offering the consultancy, design and installation support required to keep residents and building users as safe as possible.