Sprinklers Initiative In Social Housing
8:22am 2nd August 2014
A partnership project to retro fit sprinklers in supported accomodation in Dorchester could save lives.
Dorset Fire and Rescue and Magna Housing have both contributed towards the cost of the sprinkler system.
The new system means that current and future tenants of Magna Housing will benefit and that up to seven young lives could be saved.
Emma Turner, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Business and Partnership Engagement Officer explained why the sprinklers are necessary.
''In May 2012, a serious fire occurred at the premises. The occupant of the fire affected room was lucky to escape and was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.
''Emergency procedures were followed and all other occupants were able to leave the building safely. Whilst no one was injured, the fire damage was severe, resulting in the occupants' belongings being destroyed.
However, Emma also added;
''Should anything like this happen again, the new sprinkler system will activate in the affected room and will put the fire out.''
David Aldwinckle, Magna Housing director says they take fire safety seriously and are pleased to work with the fire service on this project;
''We look at the type of property and who is living there and identify what measures are most appropriate for keeping them safe. Hopefully the sprinklers will never be used, but it is good to know that they are there in case of a fire.''
The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are currently working with other housing providers who are interested in this approach.