Smoke Spread - the importance of detection and sprinkers
I came across the video below on Twitter. Although the simulation is based in a bedroom, the effect applies to any building, including the the workplace.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service demonstrates the impact a fire can have on a room when there are no sprinklers installed. This fire was started artificially on the bed and allowed to grow naturally. Note how the fire rapidly takes hold and how quickly the smoke travels. If this room had a sprinkler system fitted then the damage and spread of fire would have been greatly reduced.
Many employees do not realise that it's not the fire that will kill, it's the smoke. This highlights the importance of regular testing and maintenance of detection equipment, and regular fire safety training and evacuation drills.
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