94 per cent Back Calls For Mandatory Fire Sprinklers

Proposals by Labour for fire sprinklers to be mandatory in any new-build social housing have been met with overwhelming public support.

Responses to a consultation on David Stewart’s member’s bill proposal showed that 94 per cent of respondents were supportive of the plan.

There were widespread calls for sprinklers to be made mandatory after the Grenfell fire tragedy, with experts claiming that the fire could have been avoided had sprinklers been installed.

Now, one year on the Labour MSP is planning to pass a bill which would introduce the proposals into law.

“I am delighted with the overwhelming support for my proposals to increase fire safety in Scottish social housing.

“The consultation responses came from across the breadth of Scottish society and the quality of the responses have given me a strong base upon which to proceed with the bill.

“Automatic fire suppression systems should be a crucial part of our fire safety approach and are a tried and tested method of saving lives.

“My hope is that such a common sense proposal will have the support across all the Holyrood parties and in the long term will be just the first step towards fire sprinklers protecting all Scottish homes.”

The Scottish government has pledged to “learn any possible lessons” from the Grenfell disaster given the predominance of high rise flats, especially in Glasgow. 

Investigations found that 300 properties in Glasgow harbour had “Grenfell-style cladding”, posing a risk to residents and their homes. 

Keith MacGillivray, Chief Executive of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, said:

“BAFSA has campaigned for almost forty-five years to improve the safety of the public and Firefighters by the installation of automatic fire sprinklers, which control and extinguish fires in their very early stages.

“Automatic fire sprinklers have a proven track record for the mitigation of fire and the prevention of loss of life through fire, this goes back more than one hundred years.

"This proposed member’s bill would make a significant difference to the safety of the Scottish public and firefighters while ensuring that Scotland’s housing stock is more sustainable.”

The bill now needs the support of 18 members from across the party groups on the Scottish Parliamentary Bureau to pass to the next stage.

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