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Oxfordshire fire chiefs back new watermist system

17 January 2018

OXFORDSHIRE FIRE and Rescue Service (OFRS) has installed a portable misting system to a home in Oxford to protect vulnerable residents.

The Ultraguard system is activated by two linked intelligent detectors that monitor the air and deploy a fine mist for ten minutes to suppress the fire, while automatically alerting the fire and rescue service. It prevents the fire spreading and smoke-related fire deaths. OFRS said it plans to install more units in other Oxfordshire homes.

OFRS watch manager Paul Riley said: “The misting system is used as a last resort, as Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to protecting those most vulnerable to fire in the home. Many of those are smokers and may have other risk factors. We work closely with partners in local authorities, social care and social landlords to identify and assess situations where misting systems can really help save lives”.

Because the system is portable, it can then be taken away, once the person stops smoking or changes address.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service carries out Safe and Well visits in homes across the County to protect members of the community. These visits include the fitting of smoke alarms and providing advice to occupiers on fire, health and wellbeing to support the resilience of residents in the home.

There are a number of criteria to consider when assessing a resident for a misting system and these revolve around the person’s ability to respond in the event of a fire. Considerations include mobility, age, mental health and lifestyle habits.