Is your house or business located in a bushfire prone zone? We recently caught up with Platypus Sprinklers and discussed the sensible bushfire solution for the harsh Australian climates you may be susceptible to.

The Platypus Sprinkler launched in 2012 after a need was identified for a sprinkler design based around ember protection – can you explain what you mean by this and why it’s an important part of any bushfire plan?

The launch of the sprinkler was really February this year, in past year’s people have mainly used typical irrigation sprinklers which tend to spray out a larger quantity of smaller droplets and mist, the Platypus Sprinkler has been designed specifically for ember & bushfire protection, external water spray systems are an effective part of a bushfire plan as it helps to strip away heat from the ignition source.

Does the sprinkler system need to be fitted during the initial build? Or can it be added to a new renovation later?

The system can be installed during construction stage of buildings and can also be retro-fitted to existing buildings.

How does it work? How is it different from the current bushfire sprinklers on the market?

The twin outlet head of the Platypus Sprinkler spins in a full circle spraying water out and down, its unique design has eliminated the need for an outer support frame around the spinner, the outer support frame on other types breaks the water into smaller droplets.

Does it need to be activated manually or is there an automatic switch too?

The platypus Sprinkler system is normally manually activated, it can also be activated by a mobile phone and with the use of smoke & heat sensors.

There can be quite intense winds during a fire, how does the Platypus Sprinkler system combat this and still spray downwards?

The flatter design of the head, the lower operating pressure and the quantity of larger sized droplets due to elimination of an outer support frame all combine to encourage water down.

How much water does it use?

Each of the Platypus Sprinklers use approx 6lpm with the standard size nozzle, an average sized home with perimeter and ridge line sprays would use approx 11,000lph with approximately 60% of the water re-used in some installations.

You will showcase the product at the Build & Renovating Expo in July, what can visitors expect from your stand?

Visitors will see examples of typical installations and be able to view home designs showing sprinkler layouts, they will be able to speak directly to the inventor and be given advice on what type of system best suits their needs.

See Platypus Sprinklers on stand K22 at the Build & Renovating Expo from 4 – 6 July, 2014 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. 

For more information, visit www.buildexpo.com.au