Business Sprinkler Alliance

Fires in numbers

Building fires occur in industrial and commercial properties at an alarmingly high frequency and have an impact that goes beyond that of the owners and its immediate occupiers. There have been a large number industrial and commercial fires recorded that require the attendance of 40 firefighters or more in the last five years. Even if a business survives the incident, there will be impacts on trading, profitability and reputation, as well as negative impacts up and down its supply chain and environmental implications.

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On average there are 41 fires in multi-story car parks every year

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Fire crews in England attend an average of 336 warehouse fires every year - nearly one a day

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In the year 2019/20, the Fire & Rescue Service attended a total of 14,308 non-dwelling fires

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The number of storage facilities destroyed by fire increased by 42% in 2019/20

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The fire sprinkler systems we know today date back around 140 years

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A droplet from a typical fire sprinkler will have a diameter around 1mm

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Zurich claims data shows the average cost of large warehouse fires is £5.9million

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Of the 3,400 warehouse blazes attended by fire crew since 2010, around half (49%) did not have alarms and just 6% had sprinklers

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In 2019 there was 15,000m² of damage to school spaces and classrooms, impacting 20,000 children

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