Installing sprinklers into new schools was a policy introduced in 2007 by Labour Schools Minister Jim Knight [Image: Getty].

Installing sprinklers into new schools was a policy introduced in 2007 by Labour Schools Minister Jim Knight [Image: Getty].


This Blog is indebted to former Labour MP Lynne Jones, who flagged up the following insight into the reasons fire sprinklers should be fitted in schools:

“There have been 5,132 fires in educational buildings in 10 years to 2013/14, resulting in 148 casualties.”

But the Tories don’t want to install safety equipment. Presumably they think it is too expensive.

What about the cost of the damage to school buildings and equipment?

What about the human cost?

Do the relatives of the 148 recent casualties think sprinklers are unnecessary – or were they not even asked?

Government ministers have been heavily criticised after quietly abandoning the requirement for fire sprinklers to be fitted in new schools, in what has been called a “retrograde step” by fire chiefs.

An update to the Department of Education’s (DfE) Design in Fire Safety in Schools stated that “Building Regulations do not require the installation of fire sprinkler suppression systems in school buildings for life safety”.

“Therefore,” it added, “[guidelines] no longer include an expectation that most new school buildings will be fitted with them.”

The move has been lambasted by fire officers and follows two recent major school fires.

Source: Government criticised over quietly abandoning requirement for new schools to install fire sprinklers | The Independent

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