Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Service highlights sprinkler benefits

Sprinklers save lives and protect property. That is the message Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is sharing with social landlords throughout the County.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has written to all Chief Executives with responsibility for social housing to remind them that up to £50,000 matched funding is available to Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Charities to protect the homes of the most vulnerable people in Essex.

The letter follows an incident last month in Parkside House, Chelmsford, in which a sprinkler system installed through the scheme activated after a chip pan caught light. The sprinkler contained the fire to the kitchen, preventing it growing and spreading damaging property and risking lives.

So far four tower blocks in Essex have had automatic sprinkler fire suppression systems installed in flats and communal areas through the scheme but more funding is available.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “Sprinkler suppression systems offer the best fire protection available and we want to make sure they are in as many homes as possible. There are no recorded cases of multiple fire deaths in premises where sprinklers are fitted.

“These systems are unobtrusive and you are more likely to win the lottery than suffer an accidental sprinkler actuation.

“Put simply they are the gold standard in fire protection for the home and we want to make sure that as many people as possible benefit from the excellent fire protection they offer.”

For more information about sprinklers and the match funding scheme click here.


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