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This is the December 2013 revision of the Guidelines.
Automatic fire sprinkler systems have a valuable role to play in the protection of both life and property from fire and in the reduction of environmental damage such fires can cause. This document reflects the commitment of the participants to maintain and develop the goodwill that currently exists. The guidelines refer to all types of automatic fire sprinkler systems supplied directly or indirectly by mains water in accordance with statutory obligations placed upon water undertakers.
These guidelines have been developed to reflect the legislative framework at the time of writing. Proposed amendments to Section 57 the Water Industry Act 1991 re-defining the scope of water for fire fighting to include fire sprinkler connections, are supported by water companies and by the fire sprinkler industry. Amendments to the legislation would deliver benefits but legislative change takes time and strong guidelines can, in the meantime, be used as the basis for discussions at a strategic level.
These guidelines have been prepared by the following participants;
The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association
The European Fire Sprinkler Network
The National Fire Sprinkler Network
Residential Sprinkler Association