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MSP consults on bill for social housing sprinkler systems

17 January 2018

Compulsory sprinkler systems for all social housing in Scotland to be built in future are proposed in a potential member's bill in the Scottish Parliament, consultation on which opened today.

David Stewart, Labour MSP for Highlands & Islands, believes that while there is no single "fix all" approach when it comes to fire safety, "fire sprinklers are an important tool that hold much lifesaving potential". Against the background of last summer's Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, he comments in his introduction to the consultation that "although in Scotland fires are disproportionately more prevalent in more deprived areas, "there have been no instances of multiple fire death where a working sprinkler system was in place. My proposal is therefore to require the installation of sprinkler systems into all new-build social housing across Scotland".

He adds that "there may also be a case for requiring the retrofitting of sprinklers into such existing social housing stock. When considering the use of sprinkler systems, I therefore also wish to take the opportunity to consult on the issues surrounding retrofitting in high-rise social housing stock, as this could potentially be included in the bill, along with requirements for new homes".

Click here to view the consultation. The closing date for submissions is 16 April 2018.


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Ronnie King

Saturday March 3, 2018, 15:59

People don't die in buildings with a working sprinkler system, installed to the appropriate standard by a qualified, trained certificated and accredited installer.

A single fire death is an extremely rare occurrence, with a multiple death almost unheard of, anywhere in the world.

They are an incredibly economical life saving measure, and I have no personal gain or profit derived from supporting them.

I am a former Chief Fire Officer in Mid & West Wales, having served previously in West Yorkshire, London, Scotland (Fife) and Wales for 41 years. In my twenty years as a Chief Fire Officer I failed to prevent 150 deaths from fire and 1,500 burn and injury casualties, hence my support for this measure being taken to protect the people of Scotland from the ravages of Fire.

Wales passed legislation requiring all new domestic dwellings built to install automatic fire sprinkler protection with effect from January 2016. It will be the safest place to live in the world, from the effects of fire and hopefully Scotland will agree to follow suit, with David Anderson's proposal.

Ronnie King OBE, O.St.J. QFSM, F.I.Fire E

Hon. Admin. Secretary

All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group

Houses of Parliament