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Insurers back fire chiefs’ call to tighten rules on school sprinklers

The insurance industry fully supports comments made today (October 25th) by London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton on behalf of the National Fire Chiefs Council, on the need for all new and refurbished schools to have sprinklers fitted.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) called for compulsory sprinklers in new schools last year when the Government was considering weakening some of the building regulations for schools in England.

There are more than 1,500 fires in schools and other educational establishments every year which disrupt the education of an estimated 90,000 students annually. The cost of installing sprinklers will be recouped in many cases thanks to savings made insuring the building.

Laura Hughes, Senior Policy Adviser for property insurance at the ABI, said:

“The case for sprinklers is clear. Aside from their ability to save lives, they drastically reduce the amount of damage done, meaning buildings can be repaired more easily and schools returned to use more quickly. Many people will find it surprising that schools are still being built today that do not have sprinklers. It’s time to put an end to that.”

 

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Notes for Editors

 

The ABI’s full submission to the Department for Education consultation on Fire Safety Design for Schools is here.

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Last updated 25/10/2017