Call for Care Home Sprinkler Systems

carehome.co.uk - the UK's leading news provider for the care home sector - is now carrying a report on our call to make fire sprinklers law in care homes.

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Call for Care Home Sprinkler Systems

We have put pressure on government ministers to make fire sprinklers a legal obligation in care homes, having written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles last month. It's great to see an influential body such as carehome.co.uk helping to spread our message to those who it really affects.

The tragic deaths of fourteen residents at Rosepark care home, in South Lanarkshire, in 2004, provided a powerful argument for the installation of sprinklers, especially after the results of 141 days of evidence were published in 2011, as do the conclusions of the recently published verdict into the 2009 Lanakal House fire, in Southwark, where six people lost their lives.

London Fire Brigade deputy commissioner Rita Dexter is in full support of the sprinkler campaign, saying: “Older people, as well as people with mental health problems and those with mobility issues, are the group most at risk from fire and we are concerned by the number of vulnerable people like this who are still harmed or killed by fire in places where they should be safe.

“That’s why we want to see all residential care homes fitted with sprinklers. The number and regularity of care home fires that the Brigade attends is clear evidence that builders, developers, local authorities and private providers need to stop ignoring their benefits.”

If you own or manage a care home and have questions about the above, or for help on any aspect of fire safety, call us on 01524 784356 today.


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