Cleveland’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton has praised Hartlepool Borough Council’s move to have sprinkler systems included in all plans for new schools.
The safety measures have been adopted as planning policy by the local authority.
Ian Hayton said: “This is a commendable step forward which we fully support as it improves fire safety in schools.
“All the evidence show that sprinklers are highly effective in the suppression of fires and play a huge part in improving the safety of people in the building
“Sprinklers reduce death and injury from fire, protect property and reduce the risk to firelighters. They also bring down fire costs and help minimise disruption to the community.”
Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging all vulnerable buildings including schools, residential care homes, high rise blocks, houses with multiple occupation and large commercial premises, to be fitted with sprinklers.
For further advice go to www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/safety/business/