Council issues sprinkler call

Cllr Crooks

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THE Scottish Government has been called on to fit domestic sprinklers in all new build Fife homes.

Councillors at a meeting of the full Fife Council last week unanimously agreed to urge the Government to change the law to require the systems be fitted.

At the meeting, the importance of domestic sprinklers in improving safety was recognised and it was agreed that the Scottish Government would also be asked to consider grant funding to fit sprinklers to existing houses.

Chair of the fire and rescue transition committee, Councillor Neil Crooks, who proposed the motion, said: “It’s great news that councillors across the political divide agreed to reiterate the importance of domestic sprinklers.

“In Scotland, during 2011-12, there were over 800 accidental dwelling fires resulting in over 1100 deaths and non-fatal fire injuries.”