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Testing and certification

Watermist system becomes ‘first of its kind’ to pass the FPA’s accreditation tests

A watermist system has become the first of its kind to pass six rigorous fire accreditation tests – which owners said was a ‘huge achievement’.

Halo2, designed by Quenchfire, passed all open room testing by the Fire Protection Association’s (FPA) United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited BS 8458 test.

The system, one the first UKAS accredited fire testing facilities in the UK, aims to give designers and installers the assurance their system will perform as intended when installed under the test conditions.

FPA watermist systems testing

Ollie Moyce, Director at Quenchfire, said: “The FPA made the process of completing the testing as smooth as possible. Whilst there were a few bumps along the way, there was nothing the FPA’s staff wouldn’t do to help. We were also able to watch a live stream of the testing from the adjacent building.

“Being the only company to pass all six tests of the FPA’s rigorous watermist system testing is a huge achievement, and really does put the Halo2 system at the forefront of our industry.

“It means our clients are now not only able to experience exemplary customer service, but they can also now be safe in the knowledge that the Halo system is proven to be superior to its rivals as it has been thoroughly tested at the UK’s leading testing laboratory.”

Halo2 was created by family company Quenchfire to improve fire suppression for the domestic and residential sector. 

It is a development of the original Halo Mist Fire System, a high-pressure watermist system created in 2015 for homes across the UK. The latest version is designed to be a smaller, more discreet, more cost effective and more aesthetically pleasing system that satisfied British Standard 8458.

The test is aligned to the standard, which highlights the requirement that all watermist systems must be designed with the exact environment in mind, as the design of each system is often unique.

The main challenge Quenchfire faced at the FPA’s laboratory in Blockley, Gloucestershire, was in the open room testing as, up until their visit, no other company had passed this part of the test at the FPA.

Jade Musto, Head of Suppression Systems at the FPA, said: “We are thrilled that Quenchfire’s Halo system has passed the full suite of BS 8458 tests, including the open room tests.
“As well as meeting their customers’ needs by making Halo2 smaller and more cost effective, they can also now evidence that it is compliant with industry standards and best practice, having been third party tested to the highest standards.”

 

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