Fire Suppression and Sprinkler Systems
What we do
fire suppression systems
We provide full design, installation, commissioning, and scheduled maintenance of all types of fire suppression system.
Many different systems are available, to meet specifications required by insurance or with a choice of size and suppression medium.
We also have the specialist knowledge and certification to help organisations choose the correct solution to protect against particular risks. At Prestige, we will work with you to design the optimal fire suppression system for your building to ensure the safety of your building and its occupants.
Sprinklers, are an essential addition to the fire safety and protection of a building and its occupants. Every type of large building can benefit from the installation of a sprinkler system, including schools, care homes, hospitals, specialist housing and heritage buildings. We can design install, commission, and service sprinkler systems. Every sprinkler system requires regular servicing and maintenance to ensure the system will operate as it should in the event of a fire.
Fire suppression systems servicing and maintenance
Your fire suppression systems, as well as sprinkler systems, need regular servicing and maintenance to ensure they remain in full working order.
Having your fire sprinkler systems properly serviced by authorised and approved suppliers maintains your certificate of conformity, which may be demanded by insurance companies. But more importantly a properly functioning sprinkler is essential to help save property and lives during a fire. We can inspect, check, repair and maintain all types of sprinkler systems, even if we didn’t fit them originally.
At Prestige, our team can service your fire suppression system, so you can rest assured knowing your building is protected in case of a fire.
The most common fire suppression system is the automatic sprinkler system. Automatic sprinkler systems are installed in buildings to provide fire protection by automatically detecting, containing, and extinguishing fires.
The sprinkler system consists of a network of piping filled with water under pressure, and sprinkler heads that are placed throughout the protected area. When a fire is detected, the heat from the fire causes the sprinkler head to activate and water is discharged from the sprinkler head directly over the fire.
The water from the sprinkler system helps to cool the fire, removing the heat, and to suppress the flames. The system also helps to prevent the spread of the fire by wetting the surrounding area and preventing the fire from spreading to adjacent areas.
Automatic sprinkler systems are highly effective and have a proven track record of protecting life and property from fire. They are commonly installed in commercial and industrial buildings, as well as in residential homes, and are required by building codes and insurance companies in many jurisdictions.
Fire protection and fire suppression are both important aspects of fire safety, but they refer to different strategies for preventing and managing fires.
Fire protection refers to measures taken to prevent fires from starting or spreading, and to minimise their impact if they do occur. Examples of fire protection measures include the installation of smoke detectors, the use of fire-resistant building materials, and the implementation of fire safety policies and procedures. Fire protection focuses on reducing the likelihood of a fire occurring and minimising its impact if one does occur.
Fire suppression, on the other hand, refers to measures taken to extinguish a fire that has already started or to prevent it from spreading. Examples of fire suppression measures include the use of fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and fire blankets. Fire suppression focuses on quickly extinguishing a fire to minimise its impact and prevent it from spreading further.
In summary, fire protection is focused on preventing fires from starting or spreading, while fire suppression is focused on extinguishing fires that have already started or preventing them from spreading further. Both fire protection and fire suppression are important aspects of fire safety and should be included in any comprehensive fire safety plan.
A fire suppression system is a specialised system designed to detect and extinguish fires automatically. The system typically consists of several components, including a control panel, detection devices, an agent storage container, piping, and nozzles.
Here are the general steps of how a fire suppression system works:
- Detection: The system’s detection devices detect the presence of fire. This could be through smoke detectors, heat detectors, or a combination of both.
- Alarm: When the system detects a fire, it activates an alarm to alert the occupants of the building that a fire has been detected.
- Agent discharge: Once the alarm is triggered, the system will discharge the agent stored in the container through the piping and nozzles, covering the area where the fire is detected. The agent used in the system depends on the type of fire suppression system installed. Common agents include water, foam, dry chemical, and carbon dioxide.
- Suppression: The agent discharged from the system suppresses the fire by either removing the fuel source, inhibiting the chemical reaction, or removing the heat. This effectively extinguishes the fire.
- System reset: After the fire has been extinguished, the system is reset and the agent container is refilled, so it’s ready to suppress another fire.
Fire suppression systems are often installed in commercial kitchens, computer server rooms, and other areas where a fire can cause significant damage. They are designed to provide automatic fire protection in the event of a fire, even if no one is present to activate the system manually.
The lifespan of a fire suppression system will depend on several factors, including the type of system, its components, and the environment in which it operates. Generally, a well-maintained fire suppression system can last between 10 and 20 years, but it is important to have it inspected and serviced regularly to ensure its continued effectiveness.
Over time, the components of a fire suppression system can wear out or become damaged, which can affect its ability to suppress a fire. Components that are most likely to experience wear and tear include the extinguishing agent cylinders, nozzles, valves, and piping. Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and replace these components before they become a problem.
In addition to wear and tear, changes to the environment or building layout can also affect the effectiveness of a fire suppression system. For example, if the kitchen layout changes, it may be necessary to modify the system to ensure adequate coverage of new hazards.
It is important to note that some fire suppression systems may have a shorter lifespan than others. For example, older systems that use halon or other ozone-depleting substances may need to be replaced sooner due to regulatory restrictions on these agents.
Ultimately, the lifespan of a fire suppression system will depend on many factors, and it is important to have the system inspected and serviced regularly to ensure its continued effectiveness.
The frequency of servicing for a fire suppression system depends on several factors, including the type of system, its components, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, as a general rule, fire suppression systems should be serviced at least once a year.
During a fire suppression system service, a qualified technician will inspect the system and its components, test its functionality, and replace any worn or damaged parts. The technician will also ensure that the system is still appropriate for the specific hazards in the environment where it is installed.
In addition to the annual service, it is important to have the system inspected and tested after any changes or modifications to the building, such as new construction or remodelling. This will help to ensure that the system is still suitable for the specific hazards in the updated environment.
It is also recommended to perform regular inspections and tests of the system yourself, including checking the pressure gauges, looking for signs of damage or leaks, and ensuring that all components are in their proper place.
It is essential to adhere to the recommended service intervals to ensure that the fire suppression system remains effective in the event of a fire. Regular maintenance and inspections can help to identify and correct any issues before they become a problem, and can also extend the lifespan of the system.