Fire sprinkler scheme rolled out across Sheffield

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A fire sprinkler trial in blocks of flats in Sheffield is well on its way to being rolled out across the whole city.

The scheme on Callow Mount was a flagship partnership between Sheffield City Council, the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and saw water sprinklers installed in blocks of flats.

It forms part of a broader fire safety investment programme delivered by Sheffield Council contractor Kier Services in more than 18,000 low-rise flats and maisonettes across the city over the next four years.

Sheffield Council is required by law to provide fire precaution measures and remove or reduce the risk of fire as far as is reasonably practicable in multi-occupancy properties.

The project, which commenced in September 2013, has now seen work completed in more than 3,500 properties.

The fire suppression programme will benefit 17,763 addresses in total, excluding tower blocks and sheltered accommodation which have already been completed.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “We need to make sure that our tenants and leaseholders are ‘fire safe’ and fully aware of the dangers a fire can bring, especially in flats and maisonettes.

“The fire suppression and sprinkler projects are a small part of a large five year investment programme for council housing in the city to ensure tenants are safe.”