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Chip Pan Sprinkler Save Wales

29 December 2021 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • FRS; South WalesFire and Rescue Service (SWFRS)
  • Date of Incident; 29 December 2021
  • Time of incident; 02:00
  • Location; Tonypandy,Rhondda
  • Occupancy; single private dwelling (House)
  • Type of incident; Chip pan fire
  • Location of fire; Kitchen
  • Domestic sprinkler system
  • 1 x Concealed sprinkler head actuated

RSP Fire Sprinkler Systems have reported the above-mentioned Incident involving a chip pan fire extinguished before the arrival of SWFRS

Outcome of incident

  • Fire confined to compartment of origin
  • Flash over prevented
  • Safety of fire crews reinforced
  • Carbon emissions reduced

Business continuity

  • On arrival SWFRS, isolated the sprinkler isolation valve
  • Within one hour off call, the sprinkler engineer was in attendance with the system recommissioned the following day
  • The outcome/benefit of this approach damage kept to a minimum


  • This incident confirms once again the benefit of sprinklers for domestic/residential property fires involving chip pan fires.
  • Reinforced following fire trials completed by the Fire Protection Association on behalf for the Department of communities and local government.
  • Confirming that sprinklers will prevent destructive cooking fires involving deep fat frying with a standard residential sprinkler head operating at 49 litres/minute.
  • Therefore, any system installed to BS9251 will have the same outcome, subject to the distance of the sprinkler head from the cooking hob and the height of the ceiling
  • Fire statistical data collated from incidents attended by fire and rescue service involving dwellings for the financial year 2019/20, 1494 incidents took place involving chip pan fires

Previous recorded saves involving chip pan incidents



29 December 2021
2:00 am - 3:00 pm


Location (Town/City)
Type of Sprinkler Installation
wet pipe system