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Domestic sprinklers can prevent fire deaths

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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FIRE chiefs from Ashbourne are calling upon the government for more active promotion of sprinklers and a review of provisions for fire sprinklers in building standards.

Raising the awareness of the benefits of domestic sprinklers is a key aim of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) ,through its ‘Think Sprinkler’ campaign which was launched in January 2011.

Since the launch, DFRS has been working closely with a growing network of partners including local authorities, management companies, both the city and county councils and private building contractors.

To date these partnerships have resulted in more than 100 homes in Derbyshire all being fitted with domestic sprinkler systems.

Area Manager Gavin Tomlinson said: “The legacy that the ‘Think Sprinkler’ project is beginning to deliver is very encouraging.

“Our partners are starting to embed domestic sprinklers into their long term housing strategies and we are witnessing a good proportion of the new properties that housing providers are building, being fitted with domestic sprinklers.

“A domestic sprinkler is like having a firefighter in every room of your home, quite simply the ultimate fire protection for not only the life of the property, but also the lives of those living in those properties.

“Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to forge ahead with the ‘Think Sprinkler’ campaign developing new partnerships and initiatives that will facilitate domestic sprinklers being fitted into as many Derbyshire homes as possible.”

The service is reporting several key achievements of the campaign to date, including funding agreements with eight local authorities to ensure the fitting of domestic sprinklers into the homes of those most vulnerable to fire.

In addition 22 portable misting systems have been purchased and are fitted into the homes of people identified as having a higher vulnerability to fire.

DFRS has evidence of two instances where the activation of installed misting systems has potentially saved what could have been a fatal incident from occurring.

Further information is available online at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

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