'Fit sprinklers' - fire service plea to businesses

By Antony Clay | 04/08/2017

'Fit sprinklers' - fire service plea to businesses

BUSINESSES are being urged to fit sprinklers after a Rotherham supermarket was saved from a serious blaze by the devices. 

Firefighters were called to an incident at Asda on Aldwarke Lane last month after a fryer caught fire in the cafe.

But the fire was already out when crews from Rotherham and Dearne stations arrived.

There was virtually no fire or water damage and the store was quickly reopened.

This was all because sprinklers had been fitted to suppress any fires.

Now South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is urging all firms to fit sprinklers.

Currently, only commercial premises greater than 20,000 square metres must have sprinkler systems installed.

Business fire safety manager Amy Jenkinson said: “The fire suppression systems installed by Asda were sophisticated, worked effectively, and completely extinguished the fire.

“There is no doubt that having sprinkler systems like this in place can save businesses massive amounts of time and money by limiting losses of stock and custom in the event that a fire does occur.”

More information is available at http://www.syfire.gov.uk/business-advice.

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