Active fire testing

Active fire testing, also known as water mist or sprinkler testing, is the process of testing fixed fire protection systems, such as sprinkler and spray systems, for use in residential and domestic systems. Warringtonfire’s UKAS accredited laboratory provides active fire testing to the BS 8458:2015 standard and our NATA accredited laboratory can test to NA18 as required by the new AS 1851-2012 standard. Both standards apply to the entire life cycle of the active fire system, which give recommendations for the design, installation, water supplies, commissioning, maintenance and testing of watermist systems.

Completing your active fire testing can be one of the surest ways of showing your commitment to your duty of care to the ongoing maintenance of systems.

Warringtonfire are also able to provide facilities in which flexibility can be applied and can provide a set of bespoke system of active fire testing that potentially serve a client’s needs in a more appropriate manner than just what the standard states. It is our aim to work with our clients to encourage innovation and development within this exciting sector. As an additional benefit, from our High Wycombe facility, we can provide a test house built from shipping containers which replicate an open-plan home layout.

Warringtonfire is also proud to have partnered with Plumis to negotiate a complex labyrinth of research, development, assessments and testing needed to take its headline product, the Red Dot Design Award-winning Smartscan, to market.

Why active fire testing?

Active fire testing is the testing of an active fire suppression system of which its primary purpose is to help extinguish fires or suppress them long enough allow emergency services to arrive.

This is different to passive fire protection systems which typically involves trying to keep the fire out of certain areas to allow escape, or emergency service access, rather than trying to suppress the fire.

Active fire protection systems need to be reliable, so the testing it undergoes needs to be comprehensive. Warringtonfire’s engaged experts have excellent experience in active fire testing and can create bespoke programmes, in conjunction with the necessary standards, in order to get your product to market.

By applying the BS 8458:2015 and AS 1851-2012 to your active fire testing then in the long run you will save money, by reducing the amount of weekly inspections and testing and identifying preventative measures that can reduce the likelihood of future expensive repairs.

As well as saving money, comprehensive active fire testing you can also reduce your environmental impact. These can be due to water savings and minor reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that come from less maintenance and testing.