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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service Repeats Call for Government to Think Sprinklers

28/11/2012

Following the tragic death of 63 year old Susan Walker in a fire at her Burton home last week, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has repeated its calls for changes in building regulations that would put sprinkler systems in all newly built homes.

"This is another tragic incident that highlights the need for domestic sprinklers.  To do nothing is accepting that this is OK when it clearly isn’t."

Deputy Chief fire officer Chris Enness

Deputy Chief fire officer Chris Enness said: “This is another tragic incident that highlights the need for domestic sprinklers.  To do nothing is accepting that this is OK when it clearly isn’t.  We urge the people of Staffordshire to push this issue with their local councillors and MPs.

“Wales have already introduced legislation which will see all new build domestic properties fitted with sprinklers as standard and it’s time England followed suit.

“Independent research proves what we have been campaigning for over a number of years now - that sprinklers can be cost effective. To not action the report findings would be negligent. We will continue encouraging the Government to lead with these changes.

“By simply changing the guidance that supports the current legislation there is the potential for hundreds, if not thousands of lives to be saved in the future.

“Time is of the essence. The latest Census revealed the population aged over 65 has increased by over 10%. In recent years we have seen a decline in fatal fires; however this could all change because of the increasing numbers of elderly people who are unfortunately more vulnerable to fire.

“Our crews and fire service staff across the country do a fantastic job in promoting fire safety and helping their local communities to be safer.

“Evidence from around the world shows however that if we’re to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries even further we need to take the next step and look think about sprinklers more seriously as a solution”.