elderly care

Vulnerable People

With an ageing population - 1 in 4 people in the UK will be aged 65 or over by 2037 - there is a growing need for better fire safety solutions, to ensure people can continue to live independently and to age safely in place.  

Research has shown that elderly and vulnerable residents are the groups most at risk from serious injury or death from domestic fires, whilst a recent briefing paper by The Building Research Establishment has highlighted the need for more sophisticated protection measures. 

Vulnerable adults who live alone will normally need more time to perceive and escape a fire. Some also pose a higher risk because of memory deficits or unhelpful behaviour patterns such as hoarding. As a result, people still die in fires in buildings which are well maintained, have working smoke detection, comply with building regulations and are reached promptly by the fire service.

Automist was initially developed, to offer better protection specifically for these types of people: raising the alarm and operating at the earliest opportunity and helping to maximise survivable conditions in the room of fire origin, Automist gives residents more time to escape or be rescued.

Automist is suitable for installation in individual homes (privately owned or rented), care homes and extra care settings, social and sheltered housing.

  An increasing number of organisations and house builders are installing Automist in their developments.   View case studies

Automist Types

Where a premises is likely to be used to house vulnerable people for the foreseeable future, a Smartscan installation is ideal. This requires a dedicated mains circuit in FP200 cable and a water supply with 1-10 bar pressure and a flow of at least 6 litres per minute.


Automist PPS is a portable version of the Automist system with an integrated water tank and battery back-up system. Automist PPS provides water mist personal protection in a single room, in an easily installable and removable package which does not require a dedicated power or water supply. The system is designed for low visual impact so that it can be discreetly installed in all types of homes. Click here to learn more.