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Date : 07 October 2020

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A sprinkler system installed at a Hastings business has prevented serious fire damage.

Crews were called to AF Blakemore and Son, in Ivy House Lane, Hastings, at 6am this week (4 October).

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has praised the business for installing the sprinklers system, which stopped a small fire quickly spreading throughout the building.

Upon arrival, crews found a small fire located in the fan unit, which had been quickly extinguished by the sprinkler system.

Andrew Gausden, Business Safety Manager said: “This is a timely reminder to other companies to invest in a sprinkler system which could protect your business from severe fire damage.

“A sprinkler system really can make a difference, in 2019 we attended a similar fire locallywhich resulted in the total loss of a business – sprinklers would have made the difference.

“Sprinkler systems are designed to contain a fire ensuring businesses are often up and running within a short period of time due to limited damage.”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to highlight the importance of such fire safety measures, as they deliver benefits that far exceed the cost of installation and maintenance.

Sprinklers do more than people realise

They safeguard:

  • people
  • firefighters
  • jobs
  • homes
  • businesses
  • the economy
  • the environment

Greater uptake of fire sprinklers would make the country more resilient and competitive, and help ensure that needless fires do not hinder continuing economic recovery.

For further information about sprinklers click on our dedicated web page.

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