date: Wednesday 21 May 2008
embargo: For immediate release
The Wales TUC conference today (Wednesday 21 May) added its voice of support to the proposal of Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones, for every new home in Wales to be fitted with fire sprinklers by 2010.
Backed by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), domestic sprinkler systems tackle a fire in its earliest stages and allow occupiers to escape. Statistics show that nobody has ever died of a fire related incident in a home protected by sprinklers.
Speaking in the debate, John Purser of the FBU said: 'Domestic sprinklers save lives. They are aesthetically pleasing, far less obtrusive than fire alarms, cause minimal damage when activated and rarely operate accidentally.'
'Hopefully if we are successful with this legislation in Wales the rest of the UK will quickly follow.'
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Issued: 21 May, 2008