Firefighters are urging carers and landlords to consider the provision of portable water misting units, particularly for their most vulnerable people, following a recent incident in Chester.

Earlier this month crews were called to reports of a fire at a tower block in Chester. On arrival at the scene crews discovered that the property had been fitted with an UltraGuard portable water misting unit which had operated due to a fire in a waste bin within a flat on the 10th floor.

As a result of the device the fire was contained until crews arrived at the scene and firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire with a small amount of water.

Nick Evans, head of Cheshire’s Fire Prevention team said: “Early detection is key and devices like this can prove vital, specifically in cases which involve some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities.

“This case involved a fire in flat which was already fitted with an UltraGuard portable mist suppression unit.

“The device had activated instantly, alerting the residents to the fact that a fire had broken out, whilst also emitting a fine water mist which helped to contain the fire until crews arrived at the scene.”

Portable water misting units are small devices which are totally self-contained and can simply be plugged into the nearest socket. In the event of a fire they act as both a smoke alarm and also suppress fire, helping to prevent them from spreading.

Nick added: “On this occasion the device proved vital in raising the alarm containing the fire until crews arrived at the scene; ensuring that the fire did not spread and preventing any injuries from occurring.

“I truly believe that had this device not been fitted the outcome could have been far worse.”

Read the original article here: http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/press-releases/firefighters-urge-carers-and-landlords-to-consider-the-provision-of-portable-water-misting-units