newcastle homes sprinklersYour Homes Newcastle (YHN) is working with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to fit sprinkler systems into homes across the area.

Having successfully fitted a new sprinkler system into one of its new build developments in Walker on behalf of Leazes Homes, the social landlord has announced plans to expand the project to existing properties.

A £175,000 scheme is currently underway retrofitting sprinkler systems into 54 bungalows in Westerhope, and YHN intends to fit the systems into its 75 bed new build development in central Walker which is due to start on site in the coming months.

Jen Vinton, Head of Assets and Regeneration at YHN said “We have been making some fantastic improvements to the homes we manage to make them sustainable and suitable for modern living in the future whilst retaining as many original features as possible, including safety and security aspects. As a landlord, it’s our role to ensure the safety of our tenants and this is just one of the ways we’re doing this.”

The sprinklers are connected to a purpose provided tank and are heat activated. As the heat from the fire rises and reaches the sprinkler’s sensor, it activates the sprinkler which sprays a mist of water directly onto the source of heat.

As the sprinklers have individual heat sensors, it means water is only released in the area where the fire is. Because the sprinklers operate automatically, they will still activate to douse the flames and sound the alarm.

Area Manager Kevin Gardner, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “By working in partnership with Your Homes Newcastle we have been able to install sprinkler systems in the bungalows on Norham Drive, making the residents safe from fire in their own home.

"A fire death in a building with sprinklers fitted is extremely rare where the sprinkler is appropriately designed, fully operational and maintained. They really can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire. This also shows that it is possible to fit sprinklers into existing occupied properties at a reasonable cost and with minimum disruption to residents."

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