Sprinkler system petition after tragic deaths

FIRE chiefs are calling for the fitting of sprinklers in new properties after a devastating blaze that killed six children.

Cleveland Fire Brigade say they do not want to ever have to deal with a similar incident in this area to the one in Derby earlier this month.

An online e-petition has now been set up to introduce sprinkler systems and Cleveland Fire Brigade is hoping to secure the signatures of 100,000 people which may result in the issue being discussed in Parliament.

Brigade chief fire officer Ian Hayton believes an ageing population and more independent living will result in more people dying in accidental house fires.

He said: “The incident in Derby has highlighted the need for domestic sprinklers.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade has actively supported the provision of sprinkler systems in the past and pioneered the first low cost sprinkler system in the country.

Thirty-two sprinkler systems were funded in houses and bungalows on new housing developments at Maxwell Court and Belle Vue, in Hartlepool, earlier this year.

To sign the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/