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Minister takes measures to improve fire safety in the home

Housing and Regeneration Minister, Carl Sargeant launched a 12 week consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations making automatic fire sprinklers compulsory in all new and converted residential premises yesterday.

The Domestic Fire Safety Measure, originally introduced by Ann Jones AM, allows Ministers to require sprinklers in new and converted houses, flats, residential care homes, halls of residence and certain hostels. The consultation proposes implementation of the Measure together with related changes to Building Regulations.

Carl Sargeant said,

“The number of deaths and injuries from fire in homes remains too high and must be addressed.

“The proposed regulations are in line with expert advice from the Domestic Fire Safety Measure Working Group which includes representatives from the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, Fire and Rescue organisations, the house building profession, water companies and care home representatives.

“Fire sprinklers save lives and prevent injuries to householders and firefighters. They also reduce the physical damage fires can cause.

“These proposals are a significant step in taking forward fire safety in Wales.”

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