A sprinkler system installed at a Hastings business has prevented serious fire damage caused by a fire. Fire safety crews from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to AF Blakemore and Son’s premises, located in Ivy House Lane, Hastings, United Kingdom, at 6 am on 4th October, 2020. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have praised the business establishment, AF Blakemore and Son Ltd. for installing the sprinkler system, which stopped a small fire quickly spreading throughout the building. Upon arrival, crews found a small fire located in the fan unit, which had been quickly extinguished by the sprinkler system. Importance of sprinkler systems Sprinkler systems are designed to contain a fire ensuring businesses are often up and running within a short period of time" Andrew Gausden, Business Safety Manager at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said “This is a timely reminder to other companies to invest in a sprinkler system which could protect your business from severe fire damage. A sprinkler system really can make a difference, as we have seen in 2019, when we attended a similar fire locally, which resulted in the total loss of a business. Sprinklers would have made the difference there.” He adds, “Sprinkler systems are designed to contain a fire ensuring businesses are often up and running within a short period of time due to limited damage.” Fire safety equipment key to containing damage East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would like to highlight the importance of such fire safety measures, considering their importance in delivering benefits that far exceed the cost of installation and maintenance of the fire safety equipment. Sprinklers do more than what people realize. An effective sprinkler system helps safeguard: People Firefighters Jobs Homes Businesses The economy The environment Greater uptake of fire sprinklers would make the country more resilient and competitive, and help ensure that needless fires do not hinder continuing economic recovery.