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Health And Safety Mandatory sprinklers in all new social housing will save lives, says Labour MSP David Stewart

PROPOSED legislation to make sprinklers mandatory in all new-build social housing in Scotland will save lives, Labour MSP David Stewart said yesterday.

Mr Stewart was opening consultation on his member’s Bill that would make it illegal for local authorities and housing associations not to fit sprinklers in their new homes.

It would bring all local authorities in Scotland in line with Wales, as well as Dundee, Angus and Fife councils.

Mr Stewart said: “Undoubtedly sprinklers will play a role in preventing deaths and accidents in Scotland.

“I’m delighted to have the support of the Fire Brigades Union and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“The FBU have made the point if there had been sprinklers in Grenfell Tower the fire would have stopped at the fridge.”

He said there have never been multiple fire deaths in Scotland in a building with a sprinkler system installed.

The Highlands and Islands MSP urged members of the public and organisations to back his proposal during the three-month consultation period ending on April 16.

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