fire extinguisher

Automist vs. alternatives

How does Automist® compare to other domestic and residential fire protection?

Product Type


Rapid, discreet

Water usage

Requires a water tank
or upsizing pipe

Sprinkler System

Fire Suppression through distributed surface wetting




Fire Suppression through targeted cooling


Why Automist®?

The home is the place where we should all feel safest. While smoke alarms and fire extinguishers provide a crucial warning against fire, they require human intervention to prevent or stop the spread of a dangerous fire. In contrast, Automist offers active protection and is triggered automatically.

  • No False Alarms – Automist is triggered by a reliable heat alarm. Unlike smoke alarms (optical and ionisation), a heat alarm won’t go off accidentally even when cooking as it requires an ambient temperature 63°F above typical room temperatures to be triggered.

  • Lack of disruption - Automist is easy to retrofit and can be installed in approximately 2 hours. Preparing the site may require a suitably licenced plumber and an electrician depending on your location.

  • No Human Intervention – Automist triggers automatically. When faced with an uncontrolled fire it is best practice to "get out, stay out and dial 911", as most individuals are not trained to deal with fires and could potentially face severe injury or death if their attempts to extinguish fires are unsuccessful.

  • Low Maintenance – The only maintenance is annual commissioning. During commissioning, the pump runs for approximately 20 seconds, while the nozzles are covered and the output pressure is monitored.

  • Prevent damage to your property – When a fire starts in a house it can spread quickly. Independent testing showed that Automist can quickly suppress and control fires, and in doing so it reduces the dangerous levels of toxic gas and temperatures. It utilises only 5% of the water usage of a traditional sprinkler system and therefore minimizes consequential water damage and runoff.

  • Critically Acclaimed – Winner of numerous international design and innovation awards.

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How does Automist Smartscan® compare to a traditional sprinkler?

Automist Smartscan has a rotating head that directly targets fires with a powerful jet of water mist. It has been proven to achieve the same performance as residential sprinkler systems, and uses 90% less water resulting in minimal water damage to the living space.