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Renewed Calls for Sprinkler Systems in Tower Blocks

Renewed Calls for Sprinkler Systems in Tower Blocks

London Fire Brigade has issued a fresh call for sprinkler systems to be installed in flats. Firefighters called for sprinkler systems in tower blocks after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. A fire in student accommodation has now seen the service repeat its call.

It has published a new video showing a split screen that features two identical rooms. The footage highlights how a sprinkler system contains the fire in one room. A room without sprinklers saw the fire spread out of control.

The fire brigade says sprinklers save lives.

Sprinkler system saves students

Seventy-one people died when a fire swept through Grenfell Tower in London earlier this year. The death toll included pensioners and a stillborn baby.

A recent blaze at a block of flats occupied by 200 students in London saw no casualties. London Fire Brigade says a sprinkler system was installed in the building. The sprinklers gave everyone time to evacuate the flats before firefighters arrived on the scene.

‘Retrofit tower blocks with sprinklers’ call

London Fire Brigade issued a statement that said: “For a long time, we have been calling for residential tower blocks to be retrofitted with sprinklers.

“Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and raises the alarm.

“They save lives and protect property and they are especially important where there are vulnerable residents who would find it difficult to escape, like those with mobility problems.”

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