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Welsh Assembly

An AM has said she wants to tackle "unequal safety" in Wales by introducing sprinkler systems in all new dwellings.

Ann Jones introduced the fire safety measure to the committee on 23 September 2010, explaining that currently only buildings over 30 meters high are required to install automated sprinkler systems.

She conceded that installing them in older homes would be too expensive, but she wanted to see them included in all new housing.

In an explanatory memorandum Ms Jones said that around 80% of deaths or injuries have been caused by a fire that started in the home.

However, questions were raised by the committee over enforcement of the regulations, which would not make sprinklers a mandatory requirement in existing residential homes.

Ms Jones said she believed the new automatic system would protect properties, be less expensive for the fire service and would save lives.

Building regulations have been devolved to Wales following a successful fire safety Legislative Competence Order (LCO) .

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