Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is praising a Stoke-on-Trent care home for leading the way with fire safety.
"We applaud the care home for taking the care of their residents so seriously, we certainly hope other care homes follow their lead."
Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer
Goldendale House Care Home in Tunstall, which specialises in dementia care, has fitted sprinklers throughout the building to ensure its 28 residents have ultimate protection from fire.
Sprinklers were fitted to the building during a recent refurbishment. Director of Goldendale House Care Home, Lee Stringfellow said: "The safety of our residents is of paramount importance to us and obviously our residents are more vulnerable than most. We wanted to ensure the building was to the highest fire safety standards and so the fitting of sprinklers has allowed us to achieve this. If there were ever to be a fire the disruption would be kept to a minimum which is certainly reassuring to our residents and their families."
Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer commented: "We applaud the care home for taking the care of their residents so seriously, we certainly hope other care homes follow their lead. Care homes in Scotland and Wales are now required to fit sprinklers, why should the people of England expect anything less?
"We’re campaigning both locally and nationally for the increased use of sprinklers and we’d urge local residents to do their bit by pushing this issue with their local councillors and MPs."
Delegates from across the county met today to discuss sprinklers at a regional conference organised by Staffordshire and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services.
For more information about sprinklers visit the business section of www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk. For advice and guidance about sprinklers ring 08451 22 11 55 and ask to speak to you local fire safety officer.