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Statement on the fire safety measure

The Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones introduced a proposed measure, that could mean water sprinklers will become standard in new homes, if passed.

Ms Jones was making a statement on the proposed fire safety measure, on 14 July 2010.

The proposed Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure will for the first time compel house builders to fit automatic sprinklers into new homes built in Wales.

Across Wales an average of 20 people lose their lives to fire each year and about 80% of fire related deaths and injuries occur in the home.

According to Ann Jones evidence shows that in the last 50 years, there has been no fatality in a building above two stories where a sprinkler system was in place, in the UK.

Secondly, the presence of a sprinkler reduces the ultimate property damage from a fire by roughly 85%.

There is currently no requirement in the building regulations to provide sprinkler systems in new residential premises.

It was introduced as a member proposed measure and will now be scrutinised by a legislation committee.

Read this in Welsh.


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