Care Homes and Sheltered Housing

Care homes and sheltered housing house, multiple vulnerable people, at once and can be more dangerous in the event of a fire. With the limitations of evacuating those with mobility issues and more, the stay-put procedure can result in further fatalities or injuries.

There are various building regulations and fire safety laws surrounding properties that home vulnerable people, which are in place to further protect those who are most at risk. The addition of a fire suppression system into a care home can further prevent injuries to those who have mobility issues and cannot evacuate the property quickly.

With the use of manual hoists, mobility scooters and other electrical devices to assist with the care of the residents in a care home and sheltered housing, there is a vast amount of electricity being used at once in a single setting. With the stay put procedure still in effect as a guidance, the extra protection a fire suppression system adds can be vital to the survival of residence in the event of a fire.

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care home and sheltered housing case study iMist Melbourne Springs where iMist installed a fire suppression system

When do I need a fire suppression system for Care Homes and Sheltered Housing?

BSI 9991 says you must have an AWFSS in the following circumstances;

5.2.1.2 Multi-Basement Buildings

For dwellings with multiple floors below ground level, a protected stairway, and an AWFSS, 9m meters should not be exceeded for from the foot of the protected stair to any habitable room

6.4 (b) Dwelling Houses with one or more storey greater than 7.5m in height (4 storeys)

A second, separate protected stairwell is not required if AWFSS is fitted throughout.

9.1 (d) Internal Planning of Flats and Maisonettes

Flats or maisonettes with an open plan arrangement and more than one floor should have a protected stairway and AWFSS fitted. This allows escape to the shared external entrance. 

9.7 Open Plan Layouts

Open planned flats are permissible with a fully fitted AWFSS

9.3 (b) Provision of inner rooms in flats not more than 4.5m in height

Inner rooms are not suggested unless the use of an AWFSS is utilised throughout the entire building, along with a grade D LD1 Fire detections and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.

9.4.2 (a) Extended travel distances within an open-plan flat

Flats more than 4.5m above ground level that are entered on the same level can increase total travel distances to the entrances from 9m to 20m with the use of AWFSS throughout the entire building, along with a LD1 fire detection and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.

11.1 Flats where occupants are not capable of independent evacuation

It is possible to use provisions o an AWFSS where the use of the building is required for people not capable of independent evacuation (excluding common corridors and stairways). It is further possible to protect common areas (excluding common corridors and stairways) using provisions of an AWFSS where the use of the building is required for people not capable of independent evacuation.

Care Homes and Sheltered Housing Case Studies

Melbourne Springs – Cambridge

Melbourne Spings in Cambridge is a very prestigious company. With 429 nozzles and 1 residential pump installed, iMist were able to guarantee the safety of their guests.

Denmead Carehome – Portsmouth

The iMist system was installed to protect guests, in particular in-mobile tenants. In doing so, the iMist suppression system would be able to buy guests time when evacuating from the building.

Rogolo Place – Kent

This is a large care home facility, featuring 63 one and two-bedroom apartments, lounges, restaurants, activities rooms, hairdressers etc. The iMist system was installed to protect the lives of its guests.

Care homes and Sheltered Housing Testimonials

In an industry that requires the highest standard of installation, this is the company for you. I can't speak highly enough of them! They have been incredibly understanding throughout the project, and they have helped us with many questions and problems we have from other construction companies.
I can't stress to anyone reading this enough that you must be careful with companies in this market as there are many who are corrupt, but in I-Mist you are in safe hands!
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