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Lets sort this #SprinklersHit out!

Now is the time to tell the government to change the law on sprinklers.

Who's taking the hit and what you can do

1 What's the issue?

Vulnerable people and people living in purpose built flats are taking the hit for developers not installing sprinklers!

Sprinklers provide much needed time in the event of a fire - especially for vulnerable people who would struggle to escape quickly. 

Developers often say people's safety is too expensive - they won't take the hit, so we need a change in the law to protect people. 

We need to get this #SprinklersHit sorted!

2 What we're calling for

We want to see the law changed so sprinklers are installed in more buildings throughout England to protect more lives.

We are calling for it to be mandatory for sprinklers to be installed in:

  • All purpose built blocks of flats, or at the very least all blocks over six storeys.
  • All homes where vulnerable people live.
  • All buildings housing vulnerable residents such as a care homes or sheltered accommodation.

Not much time

The Government is consulting on the guidance for building regulations that could force builders to fit sprinklers in more buildings now - so we need to move quickly. 

 
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This is a once in a generation opportunity to change the law on sprinklers

Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner

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3 Email your MP

We have until the end of February to get our MPs asking for a change in the law and this #SprinklersHit sorted.

Email your MP and let them know you don't want vulnerable people to take the hit so developers can save money!

Email your MP

 

Tell them you want sprinklers to be mandatory in 

  • All purpose built blocks of flats, or at the very least all blocks over six storeys.
  • All homes where vulnerable people live.
  • All buildings housing vulnerable residents such as a care homes or sheltered accommodation.
 

4 Tweet your MP

Take to Twitter to let your MP know you want a change in sprinklers, you want this #SprinklersHit sorted. It only takes a minute, and we only have until the end of February to get our MPs in to action.

Click 'Tweet your MP' to find your MP's twitter account and tweet them a message.

Tweet your MP
 

5 Why is it important?

Sprinklers provide much needed time when a fire breaks out in any building with people in it. They are the only system that tackles the fire immediately. They protect people and properties.

We send thousands of letters to building developers every year asking them to make sprinklers a crucial recommendation for their planned build, every year they ignore us. 

A chance to make a change

Now is the chance to ensure the safety of buildings and people for future generations.

By changing the law on sprinklers, the decision on whether to install them or not won't be based on cost, it will be based on a duty of care to the people in those buildings. It could, with your help, be the law.

Vulnerable people

When the people in a building have trouble moving quickly, or moving at all, sprinklers are even more important. Vulnerable people deserve to be protected. We want sprinklers in all buildings where vulnerable people live, so the most vulnerable in our society are protected.

Purpose built flats

Currently the guidance accompanying Building Regulations state that all new residential buildings in over 30 metres tall should have sprinklers installed. We don’t think this is good enough.

We believe sprinklers should be installed in all new purpose built flats, or at the very least flats that are 18 metres tall or higher.