Protecting Vulnerable Occupants
With an ageing population, there is a growing need for better fire safety solutions to prevent fatalities and injuries.
Having worked closely with several leading care homes, assisted living and sheltered housing providers, our teams are experts at addressing fire safety concerns and challenges in order to protect the lives of vulnerable residents. Often the ‘stay put’ procedures in place increase the need for critical fire protection in these types of property.
The iMist™ system can be connected to fire alarm panels, automatic opening vent (AOV) equipment and auto-dial systems, which ensures even greater safety for occupants. We have completed installations in many care homes, including Melbourn Springs in Cambridge, sheltered housing at Denmead Care Home, and assisted living properties, including Rogallo Place.
Why is a Fire Suppression System needed?
BSI: 9991 says you must have an AWFSS in the following circumstances;
220.127.116.11 Multi-Basement Buildings
For dwellings with multiple floors below ground level, a protected stairway, and an AWFSS, 9m meters should not be exceeded for from the foot of the
protected stair to any habitable room
6.4 (b) Dwelling Houses with one or more storey greater than 7.5m in height (4 storeys)
A second, separate protected stairwell is not required if AWFSS is fitted throughout.
9.1 (d) Internal Planning of Flats and Maisonettes
Flats or maisonettes with an open plan arrangement and more than one floor should have a protected stairway and AWFSS fitted. This allows escape to the shared external entrance.
9.4.2 (a) Extended travel distances within an open-plan flat
Flats more than 4.5m above ground level that are entered on the same level can increase total travel distances to the entrances from 9m to 20m with the
use of AWFSS throughout the entire building, along with a LD1 fire detection and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.
9.3 (b) Provision of inner rooms in flats not more than 4.5m in height
Inner rooms are not suggested unless the use of an AWFSS is utilised throughout the entire building, along with a grade D LD1 Fire detections and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.
9.7 Open Plan Layouts
Open planned flats are permissible with a fully fitted AWFSS.
Benefits to the iMist™ system
Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems have been increasing in popularity due to the ease of the system and the multiple benefits, especially when compared to other fire suppression alternatives.