Family Homes

Whether your home is 2 bed or more, it is still shrouded with the possibility of a fire. If you have small children around, or teenagers who spend their time in their room on a games console. Distractions in the family home can be detrimental to possible fire risks, and can be more prevalent in family homes, with so much going on at once.

Living in a built up area could also increase a risk of fire hazards in your property, as sometimes parking on the road by other homes can prevent a fire engine from getting to your property in time to put out a fire, and gives the fire more time to spread from home to home. Installing a fire suppression system can help to alleviate the risks of a fire spreading, and suppress the fire, giving the fire brigade more time to arrive at the property and put the fire out completely.

When do I need a fire suppression system?

BS 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

19.1.2 Vehicular Access

Access can be increased significantly if an AWFSS is installed and where the arrival time for the fire service is not more than ten minutes.

  •  90m for houses less than 4.5m in height
  • 75m for houses/flats not more than one floor above 4.5m

29.4.2 Boundary Distance

Boundary distances can be reduced by 50% with a fitted AWFSS.

Our fully-qualified iMist engineers have successfully installed 5,000 domestic iMist fire suppression systems in family homes so far. 

Unlike sprinkler companies, we do not charge for designs for our family home proposals to show you where our nozzles and pumps will be located.

Following your acceptance of our design package, a free site visit will be required before commencing works, and formal signing of contracts.

Family Home Case Study

We were presented with a family home in wales that required fire suppression throughout, however, the tricky part was that one side would be retrofit, and one side would be a new build. You may or may not be aware that all new residential and domestic dwellings in Wales must be fitted with an automatic fire suppression system throughout.

The new build part of the project was simple, although we were called in late to the project, it was easy for the flexible pipe to meander around the other services on site. The retrofit part was slightly more difficult, as the ceilings and walls were up, however, we overcame this by a small access hole and managed to rod the hoses across the ceiling, and complete the installation in a timely process.

Floorplan from iMist, installing a fire suppression system in a family home
domestic case study where iMist installed a fire suppression system, iMist nozzles are shown in a kitchen ceiling
Floorplan from iMist, installing a fire suppression system in a family home upstairs

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