This month, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in England initiated its Sprinklers Save Lives Campaign aimed at raising awareness of this technology in both commercial and residential settings. According to Cheshire's news release on the campaign, residential fires account for the greatest number of fire deaths and injuries each year. Fire sprinklers aren't required in single-family homes. Moreover, only two percent of the UK’s public and housing association-owned high-rises have full sprinkler systems, and less than a third of the 260 schools built since 2014 have sprinklers.
"Lives and property can be saved with this simplest of additions," Lee Sheers, CFRS's head of protection, stated in the news release. “There is clear evidence that sprinklers can be effective in stopping fires spreading and putting them out."
As part of this campaign, CFRS will initiate monthly activities, with each month catered to specific audiences, including homebuilders, landlords, small businesses, and homeowners.
Kudos to Cheshire Fire for taking an important step for fire safety. Curious about other sprinkler successes in the UK? Read how the country of Wales passed a requirement to sprinkler all of its new homes.