BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems are specially engineered for use in all light hazard residential applications. Our CPVC satisfies all standards and code approvals for non-metallic fire sprinkler systems.
Backed by Lubrizol Corporation’s nearly 60 years of CPVC experience, BlazeMaster material delivers the security expected of any fire suppression system.
Why Install a Fire Sprinkler?
Smoke alarms are not enough. For many years, it has been commonly recognised that a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher is a suitable defence against residential fire risk. While smoke and fire alarms perform an essential task of warning families of any hazards that have emerged in the house, they cannot get to work to extinguish a fire. Without regular maintenance and testing, many alarms stop working, having been forgotten about.
BlazeMaster CPVC Fire Sprinklers get straight to work in tackling a fire, at its source. This direct response significantly reduces the threat of fire spreading to other parts of the property.
Fire sprinklers can fully extinguish fires. Another common misconception about automatic fire suppression is its ability to adequately put out a fire.
In a European study. Over a ten year period in which building fires were recorded, 98% were fully extinguished by sprinklers alone. Of these, 60% were extinguished from the activation of just four sprinkler heads.
Fire sprinkler heads do not all trigger at once. Fire detection in BlazeMaster CPVC sprinklers is much more specific. When a sprinkler head’s sensor bulb identifies a temperature of 68°C or above, that specific sprinkler head activates and water is released. no other sprinkler heads in the system are triggered, leaving the rest of the building’s occupants safe and dry, while the sprinkler heads that are required, get straight to work.
How Do Fire Sprinkler Systems Work?
Fire sprinklers are traditionally available as wet pipe systems or dry pipe systems.
Wet systems are constantly charged by the building’s water supply, waiting to be used. Dry systems are attached to a pump; the pump will supply water as and when it is needed, following a short delay of a few seconds. All BlazeMaster CPVC systems in the UK are wet, triggering water instantly when the sprinkler head is activated.
When a BlazeMaster sprinkler head’s sensor bulb identifies a temperature of 68°C or above, the sprinkler head triggers release of water. The constant charge of water cuts response time; it’s a fast action system that gets to work when every second counts.
Why Are Sprinklers So Effective?
Correct BlazeMaster CPVC sprinkler installation throughout a residential or commercial property can thoroughly extinguish emerging building fires, minimising risk to human life and damage to the overall structure.
Statistics show that 98% of fires are extinguished when a properly installed sprinkler is in place.
Properly installed BlazeMaster CPVC fire sprinkler systems achieve the following:
- Protection against the spread of fire and smoke
- Prevention of flashover
- Time for evacuation of occupants
- Reduced fire damage
- Reduced water damage
Why CPVC Fire Sprinklers?
BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems are made from chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC.) It’s chemical composition is petroleum with high levels of salt, which allows high levels of chlorine content. This is what gives our CPVC such exceptional resistance to heat.
Lubrizol’s unique engineering of CPVC compounds allows us to achieve the following fire safety characteristics:
- During a fire, charring forms on the outside of the pipe, while the interior remains unchanged - charring itself forms a thermal barrier, restricting the flow of heat into the pipe wall.
- CPVC has a Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) of 60; the Earth's LOI is 21. CPVC requires three times more oxygen than we have in the Earth's atmosphere to burn.
- Water cools the pipe system from the inside out adding another layer of protection on the inside
CPVC pipe and fitting compounds have achieved the European fire classification of Bs1d0 - the highest rating a plastic material can achieve.
B - Low flammability, no contribution to flashover (rapid ignition of directly exposed combustible material in the area)
s1 - No smoke development (contribution to toxic environment)
d0 - No flaming droplets (transfer of flammable liquid spreading fire to new areas)
Where Can BlazeMaster CPVC Sprinklers be Used?
BlazeMaster CPVC fire sprinkler systems are listed by the BRE Global Loss Prevention Board (LPCB) for all light hazard occupancies. This includes:
- Schools, colleges and other educational institutions
- Offices, excluding store rooms
- Hotels, excluding kitchens, plant and store rooms
- Hospitals, excluding kitchens, plant, store and laundry rooms
- Museums, excluding store rooms
- Libraries, excluding areas which plastic materials are stored and stock rooms
- Court rooms
- Care homes
- Data processing rooms
- Restaurant dining areas
- Attics, without storage
BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems can also be used in ordinary hazard rooms or light hazard occupancies in group 1.
These versatile fire protection systems have been successfully installed in a variety of situations:
- Concealed or exposed installations
- Pendent, sidewall or upright sprinklers
- Unfinished Basements
- Combustible Concealed Installations
- Residential Dry Pipe Systems
- Attic Spaces
- Air Plenums
- Garage Installations
- System Risers
- Underground water pressure service
BlazeMaster pipe and fittings are not listed for exposed, outdoor installations.