Fire Safety Water Tanks

Nicholson Plastics have been manufacturing GRP water safety tanks for nearly 50 years. We offer quick and easy quotes, including site visits for one to one professional advice and site assessment.


UK Fire Statistics

No one has ever died from a fire in a building with an installed fire sprinkler system

85% per cent of small and medium businesses that suffer a serious fire either never recover or cease trading within 18 months.


Primary Purpose of a Fire Suppression Tank

Fire Safety Water Tanks or Fire Suppression tanks benefits ultimately are for saving lives and protecting property.


What are GRP Fire Suppression Tanks?

Fire suppression systems automatically control fire outbreaks without the requirement of human involvement. Examples of automatic systems include fire sprinkler systems, gaseous fire suppressions, and condensed aerosol fire suppression.

Fire suppression systems work to extinguish and stop the spread of fire primarily in residential and commercial buildings. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and/or wet agents to suppress the spread of fire.

Fire Suppression tanks or water safety tanks are used in commercial buildings which may be left idle or unattended for periods at a time, and where it is imperative if an outbreak occurs the fire is dealt with immediately, they are also primarily used in residential complexes which are above 18 meters in height. Nicholson Plastics specialise in Water Fire Suppression Systems which are used in environments where gas is not a suitable solution.

  • No one has ever died from a fire in a building with an installed fire sprinkler system.
  • 85% per cent of small and medium businesses that suffer a serious fire either never recover or cease trading within 18


 Why choose a GRP Fire Suppression Tank?

  • GRP fire suppression tanks are weather resistant even in the harshest climates
  • Minimal maintenance required once installed
  • Lower cost for transportation & production costs due to lightweight material capabilities
  • GRP test higher for strength factor vs alternative material (Despite its lightweight properties, GRP offers impressive strength-to-weight load-bearing performance. GRP’s superior strength is far greater than equivalent steel profiles)


Fire Suppression Tank Benefits to Include:


  • Contain, control and extinguish a fire
  • Significantly reduce damage caused by fire
  • Reduce the amount of toxic and harmful emissions produced as a result of combustion.
  • Significantly reduce smoke damaged caused by fire
  • Use less water (some 400x less) then fire and rescue services
  • Operate automatically 24/7 without the need for human interaction
  • Increasing Flexibility in Building Design with incorporated fire safety tanks
  • Reduced property insurance premiums for buildings installed with fire sprinkler systems.


Commercial Fire Protection Tanks

There is a compelling case to be made for sprinklers in any commercial premises on the basis of loss of production or interruption to business as this is a real impediment to business continuity and productivity.

It is a recognised fact that 85 per cent of small and medium businesses that suffer a serious fire either never recover or cease trading within 18 months.

The installation of sprinklers in these types of premises could prevent this. Losses due to fire would reduce and fewer businesses would be forced to relocate.


Residential Fire Protection Tanks

Current regulations state if a building has a storey with a floor over 18 meters (Scotland) or 30 meters in England. The building should be protected throughout by an automatic sprinkler system. Fire protection tanks are now commonly installed in schools and residential premises. This is largely as a result of lobbying by the National Fire Sprinkler Network, the European Fire Sprinkler Network and the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association.

Building regulations in Scotland and England often require fire sprinkler systems to be installed in certain types of properties to ensure safety of occupants.

In Scotland, all new schools are sprinkler protected, as are new care homes, sheltered housing and high-rise flats. In England, all high-rise buildings over 30m must have sprinkler protection.

Wales was the first country in the world to make installation of fire sprinklers in new homes compulsory. The law will apply to newly built houses, blocks of flats, as well as care homes and universities.