The London Fire Brigade has raised concern at government plans to remove guidelines that state sprinklers should be installed in newly-built schools.
The London Fire Brigade has voiced its concern over proposed government plans that could see the removal of guidelines that state sprinklers should be installed in newly-built schools. The proposals would remove the ‘expectation’ that all newly-built schools would have sprinklers installed.
Recent figures show that there were 718 fires in London schools between 2009 and February 2017, but only 15 of those schools had sprinklers installed.
Dan Daly, assistant commissioner for Fire Safety, said: ‘Sprinklers are as important as smoke alarms in buildings like schools, residential care homes and sheltered accommodation. Fires can move quickly and often silently but sprinklers can stop a fire in its tracks.
‘We’re very concerned that no longer recognising the important role sprinklers can play in keeping schools safe will have potentially devastating consequences.
‘A fire that destroys a school, not only has a huge financial impact it also devastates the whole community, causing huge distress and disruption to students, teachers, families and local business.
‘Installing sprinkler systems in schools significantly reduces fire damage and the risk to life while also protecting firefighters carrying out search and rescue operations by limiting the spread of fire.’
The LFB is also calling for the installation of sprinklers in buildings which house vulnerable people, such as care homes and sheltered accommodation.
‘We want to see all residential care homes and sheltered housing schemes fitted with sprinklers.’