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Essex Residential Sprinkler Save
12 October 2021 @ 10:23 am - 10:50 am
- Location; Harlow Essex
- Date of incident; 12 October 2021
- Time of call; 10:23
- 4x Fire Appliances mobilised
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (communications department) have reported that a bin fire in a residential block of flats was successfully extinguished following the activation of the residential sprinkler system. The cause of the fire was a candle which had been extinguished but not cooled sufficiently before it was disposed of in the bin.
On arrival crews established that the sprinkler system had successfully extinguished the fire, damage to the premises was minimal.
ESFRS Press release: –
Crew Manager, Jonathan Allen, Harlow Fire Station, said:
“This incident shows how important it is to make sure candles are fully cooled before disposing of them. “This week is National Candle Safety week, and with winter around the corner, people will be using candles more. We encourage you to take a look at all of our safety advice to make sure candles set the mood, not a fire.”
This incident clearly demonstrates the benefits of sprinklers,
Detailed analysis of fires attended by fire and rescue services (England) from April 2018 to March 2019 reported, 240 related deaths,186 of which were were in dwelling fires. The Impact of fire, injuries/fatalities in the home should not be underestimated.
A correctly designed and installed sprinkler system can detect and control a fire at an early stage of development and activate an alarm
- BAFSA Information file;, Fire sprinklers in dwellings,
- ECFRS; Press release
- Fire and rescue incident statistics, England, year ending March 2019