Personal safety begins at home; if we are really serious about saving lives, about reducing deaths and injuries, about making communities safer, then is it not time to embrace widespread domestic sprinkler installation? More importantly, is it not about time we let the public decide?(Viewpoint)

Following February's landmark low-cost sprinkler seminar at the House of Commons (see FIRE March pg 14), at which the solution was laid out for all sceptics to scour over, speakers trail blazed this innovative shift in sprinkler thinking and laid down the template for significantly reducing deaths and injuries still further.

Government Props

The government is justly proud of the reduction in deaths from fire. Fire Minister Jim Fitzpatrick released the latest figures during a recent adjournment debate, In the year ending June 2005, accidental fire deaths in the home in England were down 21 per cent to 219 and injuries were down by four per cent.

The investment of 25 million [pounds sterling] in providing smoke alarms and fire safety advice to 1.25 million vulnerable households is also quite rightly a source of pride, So far, more than 416,000 home fire risk checks have been carried out and more than 451,000 smoke alarms have been installed,i he informed. …

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