When Mark Evans of FireMaster SW was asked to provide a risk assessment for a tourism business in North Devon, right at the beginning of the holiday season, he identified the problem of a compromised first floor escape route from an inner bedroom. And following consideration of the issue he recommended Automist from Plumis, an alternative innovative residential fire suppression solution, which uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water suppression mist from nozzles. Automist overcame the problem of a compromised first floor escape route from an inner bedroom which had been jeopardised by the erection of a glass porch on the ground floor. Gemma McQuillam, the manager of the North Devon Surf School was keen to comply with all of the fire safety regulations placed upon her for the holiday let (i.e. Fire Safety Order, Housing Act and Building Regulations). However, she wanted a solution which would avoid the need for the removal of the porch and which could be installed in a day without disruption to the business at this critical time of year. Plumis Automist was an ideal solution to the problem.
Automist can be mounted on a wall or on the side of the staircase with the pump assembly hidden under the staircase, under a standard monobloc mixing tap or stand alone on a work top. In this case, Automist was installed on a lounge wall with pipework running from under a bath and through the bathroom wall. The benefits which were particularly relevant to the Surf School included uncomplicated and simple installation to deliver rapid automatic fire suppression. Gemma greatly appreciated the neatness and cost-effectiveness of Automist and the fact that there was considerably less pipework than for a traditional sprinkler system. And she is pleased that, in the event of a discharge, there would be greatly reduced water damage compared to a traditional sprinkler system.
She was particulary impressed by Automist’s aesthetic attractiveness and its unobtrusiveness which reduced its visual impact – very important in the tourism business.
“We would thoroughly recommend FireMaster and Automist to anyone in the holiday let business for a simple and very tidy solution to fire safety.”