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Stockport Lithium Battery Flat Fire Extinguished by Sprinkler System
24 July 2021 @ 5:50 pm - 5:57 pm
The decision by Stockport Homes and Stockport Council to approve a multi million pound sprinkler system retrofit investment programme to fund the installation of sprinklers in all 22 of Stockport tower blocks has proven to show that it is money well spent following the fire in a high rise block in Edgedley.
Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) despatched Six fire appliances and one aerial appliance to a kitchen fire in a 8 storey high rise residential block on the 24 July 2021 at 17:50 hours.
On their arrival it was identified that one residential sidewall head had operated extinguishing a lithium battery fire.
The sprinkler head activated, discharging water on to the fire for only 7 minutes keeping damage to a minimum.
This was due to the appropriate sprinkler installation information being available on site, allowing GMFRS to interact with the sprinkler system allowing the supply to be immediately isolated by GMFRS.
This Clearly highlighted the importance of business continuity for Stockport Homes and Stockport Council.
Stockport Homes and Stockport Council have worked closely with Greater Manchester Fire Service, clearly identifying the benefits of sprinklers. Completing the retrofit programme in under 3 years. Providing a further layer of fire safety to as part of a holistic approach to make Stockports tower blocks as safe as they can.
This incident clearly demonstrates that sprinklers save lives of residents and firefighters with no injuries reported.
Chargers, batteries and fire safety.
Did you know that London Fire Brigade attend on average 24 fires each week that have been started by chargers, batteries and cables? Further information on how to buy and use items with lithium batteries safely can be found by clicking here
Further information on retrofitting/residential sprinklers can be found in theBAFSA Information File BIF 10
Business Continuity, Information for the FRS
The National Fire Chiefs Council have published a new code of practice for the the provision of Premises Information Boxes in residential buildings to ensure that information is available to the FRS in a consistent format to assist with the emergency response. A key consideration where fixed fire safety systems are installed.