Following the tragic fire in Derby that took the lives of six children and other incidents closer to home, Cleveland Fire Authority Members are signing up to the government e-petition on domestic sprinklers and are urging all local MP’s, councillors and local people to support the e-petition which calls for the compulsory fitting of sprinkler systems in new build homes.
An ageing population and more independent living is leading Cleveland Fire Brigade to believe the number of people who will die in accidental house fires will rise in the coming years.
Councillor Robbie Payne, Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority said: “The tragic incident in Derby has further highlighted the need for domestic sprinklers. The smoke alarm did its job, alerting some of the occupants to the fire, however we believe that sprinklers could have protected those unable to escape.
“Wales has already introduced legislation which will see all new build domestic properties fitted with sprinklers as standard. It’s time England followed suit and we’d urge the people of Cleveland to push this issue with their local councillors and MP’s. When people are needlessly dying, doing nothing is not an option.
“Cleveland Fire Authority has shown the way to other Authorities with the fitting of these life-saving systems in our area and we believe that for an investment of a few hundred pounds in the overall cost of new homes, that runs into tens of thousands of pounds, the decision should be easy, let’s keep people safe!”
Cleveland Fire Brigade has actively supported the provision of sprinkler systems for many years and, in their quest to reduce fire deaths in the home, have pioneered the first low cost sprinkler system in the country.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has funded the fitting of 32 sprinkler systems in houses and bungalows on new housing developments at Maxwell Court and Belle Vue in Hartlepool. The properties have been developed by the Vela Group (Housing Hartlepool). Further developments are planned in Stockton and Middlesbrough.
People are being encouraged to pledge their support for the campaign by signing an online e-petition. If the petition receives the backing of 100,000 people it will be considered for debate in Parliament. Click here to sign the e-petition. You can also view our sprinklers web page fore more information.