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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Automist prevents arson damage

Exeter City Council installed Automist from Plumis in the flat of a vulnerable resident who had already set fire to his flat 3 times. The innovative fire suppression device is designed to significantly reduce the potential for fire damage. The Council needed a reliable solution to the problem because each attempt at arson risked significant damage to property and, more significantly, potential harm to the resident and those around him. 

The Council called in Mark Evans, Director of Fire Suppress, who provide Fire Protection solutions throughout the South West and South Wales. Mark had used Automist from Plumis in the past and installed 2 units with 2 heads each to provide protection for the bedroom, lounge, hallway and kitchen in the property. 

In a recent incident the resident went on to attempt arson a fourth time and deliberately damaged the Automist heads. Nevertheless, the units were activated, effectively preventing a serious fire. Automist uses significantly less water than a traditional sprinkler system, considerably reducing consequential water damage but because the heads were sabotaged, there was some water damage. However, Exeter City Council were pleased that a fire was successfully prevented.  

Automist’s unique design means it is significantly cheaper than other automatic fire extinguishers, home fire suppression devices and residential sprinklers. Installation is neat and economical with the need for significantly less pipework and therefore disruption than a traditional sprinkler system. Nevertheless, when the Council were given the quote for installation they were concerned about the investment as they needed demonstrable proof that this ground-breaking device would do everything it claimed. Fire Suppress were able to negotiate a 3 year buy back scheme, so confident were they that Automist would perform well in the detection and control of any fire and thus provide improved protection against injury, life loss and property damage.