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The costs & work involved in fire sprinkler installation

If you’ve decided that you want to protect your home further from fire, why not consider installing a sprinkler system. For the protection they provide they are rather reasonable in price and the installation can be relatively straightforward, providing you go to the right company.

Work involved

Before the installation a few things need to be determined; the fire hazard level of your building, the design area and density and which design best suits your home/business.

The work involved in a fire sprinkler installation isn’t simple. You may think that because you installed protective smoke alarms in your home you’ll have no problem here, but you’d be wrong. This isn’t a DIY job. Don’t let your pride tell you that you can do it, remember why you wanted to install it in the first place - to protect you and your family.

If you are worried about your sprinkler system disturbing your décor, don’t be. They can be designed now to fit in with it without being too noticeable. A contractor will do all of this for you, all you need to do is choose the design of sprinkler and authorise the payment of it.

Choosing the right installation

Obviously you should find a contractor who specialises in the right kind of installation for your building. You can find residential and commercial fire sprinkler installers all across the country.

Make sure that whoever you hire is fully certified to perform the installation. If at any point during the installation you are not happy or concerned about the level of work being produced, tell the contractor. With this type of equipment you have to be 100% confident in its abilities.

Costs

It may sound like a lot of money, but how much would you pay for peace of mind in your home? Fire sprinklers reduce the risk of fire damage in your home by 90%, surely that is well worth the £1500 price tag. It would cost a lot more to replace a damaged home, and remember some things that are lost in fires can never be replaced.

If you are installing fire sprinklers within a business the costs will be considerably higher, depending on the size and layout of your building. When you consider that the average lifespan of a fire sprinkler system is 30 to 50 years, this only equates to a rather small £30 to £50 annual spend.

If you are still unsure about whether or not a fire sprinkler installation is for you, call a contractor. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and you won’t be obliged to pay for any work to be done.

If you live in rented accommodation, speak to your landlord or letting agent. They may be interested in updating the fire safety in the building. If they aren’t, but you are adamant that you want to live in a home protected by fire sprinklers, offer to pay a small percentage of the price and explain that the sprinklers will push down the house’s insurance premiums and increase its value. Not many landlords could argue with that.

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In 2010-11, there were 388 fire-related deaths in Britain, 28 fewer than in 2009-10. The highest number recorded was 1,096 deaths in 1979. (Source).




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