If you happen to be a business owner in the United Kingdom, you will have to follow the British fire regulations. One of those regulations is that certain commercial structures, once they exceed a height of 18m must have what’s called a “dry riser system”.
What is a dry riser system?
The dry riser’s purpose is that the fire brigade can connect a hose to one of the water inlets in case of a fire so that water for fighting the fire will be available at the particular outlets in the building.
The system is called “dry” riser system since the pipes are normally empty, unlike sprinkler pipes or similar systems.
What’s important to know about dry riser systems in the United Kingdom is that they will require regular tests and maintenance for their proper function. This is done by fire safety professionals. In many cases, this maintenance may be performed by the same company that installed the dry riser system.
Not following the British fire codes and regulations can have negative consequences for any property owner or landlord. Depending on the severity of the violation, a business could lose its license or at least face steep fines. It is for that reason always recommended that business owners and landlords in the United Kingdom get familiar with the current fire regulations for their particular location.