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Life saving sprinklers in all new Welsh homes from 2013

Environment Minister, John Griffiths, has announced plans for all new and converted residential properties in Wales to be fitted with sprinkler systems. Regulations for this will be introduced in September 2013. This will save a predicted 36 lives and prevent an estimated 800 injuries between 2013 and 2022.
Wednesday 30 May 2012

He also announced publication of the results of a cost benefit analysis by BRE Global into the proposal. The report has been published on the Welsh Government website. It concludes that the introduction of sprinklers will reduce the risk of death and injuries and damage to property.

The Minister said:

“We must seek to prevent avoidable death and injury from house fires and need to accept that there is a cost to introducing sprinklers into new properties.

“These proposals are significant and important in taking forward fire safety. Wales will be at the forefront of reducing fire risk and cutting the number of avoidable deaths and injuries caused by fires in residential premises.”

Work is due to begin on the development of regulations and the technical requirements necessary to introduce the Measure which will be subject to public consultation.

According to UK fire statistics (2001 to 2010) there are an average of 2,168 fires, 17deaths and 503 injuries in fires in residential premises in Wales every year.

 

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