Koukkuniemi Care Home, Tampere, Finland

Koukkuniemi is the largest care home in the Nordic countries. In order to improve the fire safety of patients, as well as the buildings that were deemed high risk, automatic fire protection system was installed throughout the complex. The oldest of the buildings were built in the 1950s and 60s, at a time when anti-combustible materials were not used, and, although they have since been renovated, the chances are they would burn very quickly. These risks led to the care home needing to ensure that everyone could be safely evacuated in the event of an emergency.

The care home is located on a peninsula, which means that the water mains supply only flows in one direction. HI-FOG® was the most cost effective option, because it can protect the entire complex with a single pump station and compact water tank, whereas a traditional sprinkler system would have required separate pump units for each building and a duplicate water supply or large water reservoir.

HI-FOG® was installed in the older buildings with ease despite the lack of space. The system now protects all nine residential buildings, an administrative center, a maintenance center and a cafeteria, as well as a kilometer-long service tunnel that connects all the buildings.

Koukkuniemi’s Technical Unit Supervisor Leo Koski has been very pleased with the fire protection solution:  “It was possible to protect the entire hospital complex with a single pump station, and the installation work was carefully planned to ensure minimal interference in the hospital’s daily operations. Using very little water it is easier to flush the pipes during maintenance, which, in turn, results in a better quality of water and a longer life cycle for the pipes, “ he stated.