Hampshire businesses urged to install sprinkler systems

Police outside Wilmcote House, Portsmouth

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BUSINESSES across the Portsmouth area being warned to ensure they have a working sprinkler system installed.

The advice comes from Hampshire Fire and Rescue group manager Tony Deacon, who said sprinklers can help avert catastrophic damage.

‘There is a false myth surrounding sprinklers perpetuated by films which show them flooding an entire building because somebody lights a cigarette,’ he said.

‘They have an extremely localised range and can be set to trigger at a variety of different temperatures depending on the nature of a business.’