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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Residents Urged to Sign Sprinkler E-petition

22/09/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging local residents to sign an e-petition to make sprinklers compulsory in all new dwellings.

"Put simply sprinklers are the equivalent to having a firefighter ready and waiting in every room of your home."

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness

If the petition receives the backing of 100,000 people it could be debated in Parliament. The petition comes following the recent introduction of a law in Wales which will make sprinklers compulsory in all new homes.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness who is also the Chief Fire Officers Association lead for sprinklers said: "Put simply sprinklers are the equivalent to having a firefighter ready and waiting in every room of your home. There are a lot of misunderstandings out there regarding how sprinklers work, but the reality is that they only actually activate when the temperature reaches over 68ºC and even then they only activate in affected rooms.

"There are a number of estates and blocks of flats across the country that have had sprinklers fitted and the residents in these areas have reported feeling much safer in their homes.

"The evidence speaks for itself – no one has ever died in a fire when their home was fitted with a sprinkler system. The Welsh Government have recognised this, which is why they have now introduced legislation, we would like to see similar legislation introduced here in England. We’d urge local residents to pledge their support to the petition, so together we can make Staffordshire the safest place to be."

To pledge your support for the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ and search for sprinklers.

In addition to the e-petition a Private Members Bill is currently being progressed through the House of Commons. If passed the Bill would require a review of Building Regulations, taking into consideration the latest research on sprinkler systems, as the current regulations quote out-dated research. The Bill is due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on 21st October.