Fire Safety experts Mainpoint wish you a Happy New Year for 2017
Mainpoint Fire Protection Ltd was established in Cheltenham over 25 years ago in 1991 and has since grown to be a trusted and familiar name, both within Gloucestershire and further afield. Over the past two decades, hundreds of companies and organisations have relied on Mainpoint’s expertise for all of their fire protection needs.
We have a combined experience in our industry of over 80 years and are well equipped to make sure you get the right product installed by our expert staff in a timely and professional manner.
We also provide service and maintenance to systems we install and systems you already have and offer all the fire protection services you need to meet local and national legal requirements and regulations.
So if you need fire safety training or a fire safety system and you would like more information on our award winning fire safety installations, please click on the contact us link now or call us to discuss how we can help you- or please call Mike Fowler on 01242 584490 now.
It is a legal requirement for companies to undertake regular fire safety training for it’s staff.
Fire Safety training is a valued service which Mainpoint undertakes for a growing number of businesses in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire.
It’s a service which is greatly valued- as this kind testimonial which we receievd last month from one such course which we ran:
“Once again we enjoyed having Mainpoint carry out our fire safety training, as we do year upon year. Whilst the content is thorough and ever relevant, it is always put over with an element of fun, making it easier to absorb!”
“I have always, and will continue to, highly recommend their training services.”
Paul Staite –Environment and Health & Safety Manager, Karndean Designflooring – June 2015.
So if you are an employer and you would like more information on our fire safety training courses, please click on the contact us link now to discuss how we can help you- or call Mike Fowler on 01242 584490.
Plumis – Automist was installed by Mainpoint Fire Protection as a key part of an alternative fire protection scheme which was required because the refurbishment of a 1930’s factory into three buildings did not allow sufficient access for the fire brigade in the event of a fire. Building Regulations Fire Safety (Part B) Section 11, paragraph 2 states that: “There should be vehicle access for a pump appliance to within 45m within the dwelling house.” 103 St Marys Road in Oxford had been the boot repair department of Oxford Co-operative Society until it closed in the 1970’s. It remained derelict until SM Developments bought the building with a view to transforming it into 3 houses. The 2 dwellings furthest away from the entrance did not allow sufficient access to allow the fire brigade’s hoses to be extended therefore Oxford City Council Building Control officers stipulated the installation of a fire suppression system.
Steven Moss, the MD of the developer researched fire suppression on the internet and discovered Plumis Automist. He was pleased that Oxford City Council Building Control officers validated his choice by also recommending the innovative and highly cost effective product. He had no hesitation in contacting Mainpoint Fire Protection, the local Automist accredited installers who proposed installing 2 Automist pumps in both properties under the sink in the open plan kitchen/dining area and in an understairs cupboard. Automist uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water mist from nozzles to suppress any fire. It is also extremely reliable because sensing is based on heat detection as recommended in Approved Document B, effectively eliminating nuisance alarms. It was installed with much less disruption and in a considerably shorter timeframe than fitting sprinklers. It also has the benefit of using under 6 litres of water per minute per head compared with 65 litres per head used by sprinklers which protects the fabric and furnishings of the property in the event of a discharge and unlike smoke alarms Automist not only alerts residents to the fire but also suppresses it.
Automist is ideal for use in similar refurbishments where access for the fire brigade is restricted.
Open plan fire safety protection Automist Plumis installations by Mainpoint
There’s no denying that homeowners appreciate the freedom, light, and sense of space that go with open plan layouts. Yet many open plan projects stumble or are halted because the layout would create dangerous inner rooms whose only escape route passes through the open area. So how can you provide open layouts with a safe fire escape route from these inner rooms?
Plumis Automist is a discreet fire suppression appliance designed for use in homes. The system activates when fire temperatures are detected, using a fine water mist to restore survivable conditions while occupants escape. The product includes nozzles that mount on a standard wall plate which can be matched to light switches and sockets in the home, and a small pump that can be located in a nearby cupboard. The result is almost invisible.
A minimal Automist system can serve up to 32m2 of floor area, and the system is easily extensible up to 96m2. For kitchen/diners, alternative nozzle mounts are available for use in conjunction with worktops and taps, allowing an excellent match to the design.
For three-storey houses with an open plan ground floor (four-storey if one is a basement), Automist eliminates the need for a boxed-in staircase as long as the kitchen is separate and a suitable fire door can be installed at first floor level. Such a layout can add considerable value to a loft converted house and does not need special attention or effort at the building control stage thanks to Automist’s LABC Registered Detail. More expansive open layouts may also be possible where a fire engineer or specialist Approved Inspector is involved. In apartments, Automist can often allow bedrooms that sit off a central living area, and, when refitting taller houses, it can sometimes even avoid the need to add a whole new staircase.
For more information please click on the open plan fire protection opportunities link or contact us now to discuss how we can help you.
LABC approved fire protection system with MainPoint
There is increasing demand for open plan living space and the Plumis Automist pre-engineered watermist solution from Plumis provides designers with an active fire protection option to protect escape routes and aid evacuation, offering design flexibility and reducing costs whilst meeting building regulations.
Building Control approval is essential and Automist, has now been assessed and accepted as an LABC Registered Solution – Registered Detail RD171 to provide active protection for escape routes and facilitate open plan layouts in suitable loft conversion applications. LABC Registration allows a company to register a product so individual local authorities can automatically approve it. The scheme enables much faster approval of most open plan layouts, allowing building control officers to approve loft conversion projects without a long and detailed investigation. It assures approvers that the system has been rigorously checked and independently peer reviewed. The scheme is designed to streamline the adoption of innovative solutions like Automist in appropriate applications.
Alan Hart, Plumis Commercial Director explains:
“Now that Automist is registered, it assures the whole construction industry that it has been rigorously checked by LABC members, enabling developers,architects, designers, technical specifiers and contractors to register or use existing design details to minimise the Building Control checking and approvals process in loft conversions with open plan ground floor.”
To make the process straightforward, approvers can download the relevant technical information and requirements that need to be verified on each particular layout by contacting Mike Fowler direct on 01242 584490 or you can see more information on our website at: Automist fire sprinklers.
First published in the Journal ABC and D September 2014.
MainPoint install an Automist Plumis fire prevention system in a students accommodation hall at Houseman Hall Boarding School, Bromsgrove.
Plumis Automist has been used and supplied by Mainpoint in one of the country’s larger independent boarding schools in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire by Mainpoint Fire Protection as a key part of an alternative fire protection scheme.
The innovative watermist fire suppression solution was installed in Housman Hall, a newly built, 2 storey accommodation block. The 500 year old school is set in 100 acres of grounds and educates 1500 pupils from 2 to 18.
The school had installed a common area at the end of each floor but Hereford and Worcester fire officers were not happy when they made their inspections because the areas had been part of a corridor there the access to the outside was via an open plan area. The conventional solution of providing a protected enclosed stairwell, would have restricted the available space for the students’ recreation. The use of alternative compensatory measures, such as sprinklers was undesirable due to the danger of accidental discharge which could affect the fabric of the school and also disturb the students. Furthermore, installation of sprinklers would have been time consuming and costly.
The fire officers had seen a demonstration of Plumis Automist and had no hesitation in recommending its use to overcome the problem and called in Mainpoint Fire Protection, who specialise in the supply, installation and maintenance of fire protection equipment in the Midlands. Mainpoint had used Plumis Automist successfully in a number of similar projects and were confident that it would provide a solution.
Plumis Automist suppresses flames and limits smoke and heat which could have seriously affected the students, important considerations for a school where their welfare is paramount. It also uses significantly less water than traditional sprinklers minimising runoff and consequential water damage.
“The school was delighted with the installation and the fact that it took just 1 day during a busy termtime and caused no disruption to the smooth running of the school or the students’ day-to-day lives.” commented Alan Gatenby,Mainpoint’s Fire Protection Consultant. The specification of Automist was approved by Worcester and Herefordshire Fire Brigade and was completed in December 2013.
First published in the Journal ABC and D July 2014