Sprinkler systems to be fitted in council high rise buildings

With nearly two fires a day that are reported in London’s high rise flats alone, it’s no wonder that councils nationwide are thinking about installing sprinkler systems to aid firefighters with putting the fires out quicker. The Home Office published data that shows 303 people died in fires in 2015-16, an unfortunate 15{a239b2aa571ef05ae9c516dc5a5d09b277caf1d728620f61ac620869cf9df505} increase from the previous 12 months.

Fire bosses have said that high rise blazes are extremely dangerous for firefighters and that the installation of sprinklers will benefit the firefighters more than the residents. These installations will ensure that the fires can be controlled easier, put out sooner and cause less risk to lives.

Brighton and Hove City Council may eventually spend £3 million over the next 25 years by retro-fitting sprinklers in 50 council high rises that are higher than 7 storeys. It is hopeful that many other councils and landlords nationwide will consider this movement in a bid to cut the percentage of fires within high rises and consequently any injuries or deaths.

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