'Grenfell tragedy means sprinkler campaign will leap forward', says Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Just one in 50 (2%) of the UK's social housing tower blocks has a full sprinkler system, according to a new investigation released on the eve of the public inquiry into the Grenfell fire disaster.

"They are the best protection with water systems of protecting life, and the sprinkler campaign has been growing for probably 20 years now".

A Labour MP and former fireman has backed the call to install sprinklers in council flats ahead of the opening of the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

'This can't be optional, it can't be a "nice to have", this is something that must happen.

This has to be right.

In England, the Building Regulations state that sprinkler systems need to be installed in new-build blocks of flats more than 30m in height. Since the Grenfell fire ministers were widely criticised for sitting on the coroner's recommendations.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government established a comprehensive building safety programme to ensure a fire like this can never happen again. We will consider this issue in light of the recommendations of this review and the findings of the public inquiry".

The FSF believes that the terms of reference for the Inquiry should be wide ranging and considers that, as well as the immediate cause of the fire and its spread, the Inquiry should investigate whether there is now a systemic inadequacy in the fire safety control, regulation and enforcement regime across the built environment in England.

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