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Fire Sprinkler Association launches fire awareness campaign.

British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association : 29 January, 2008  (Company News)
Wise up to fire campaign by BAFSA aimed at care workers in attempt to reduce death and injury from fires in care homes for old people.
Every year there are around 800 fires in homes providing care for older persons. On average three people die each year as a result, and a further 84 are injured.

These unfortunate statistics have prompted the launch of Wise up to Fire, a campaign to support all those in the care business who are affected by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 that came into force at the end of 2006. Further requirements have also been imposed by the 2006 version of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations for England and Wales, which imposes additional fire safety, measures in new and modified care premises.

The Fire Safety Order has wide-ranging implications for care home owners and managers many of whom are still unaware of the legislations or their new obligations. Wise up to Fire - the initiative established by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) - aims to help provide solutions to these obligations, including the wider use of sprinklers to give increased cost-effective protection and confidence to care homes. Sprinkler systems are already required by law in new care homes in Scotland and similar requirements may be put forward shortly in the Welsh Assembly.

The campaign looks at creative, practical and cost-effective practices, and the steps that can be taken to improve fire protection measures, in particular the inclusion of fire sprinklers within care home fire safety systems.

Stewart Kidd of BAFSA says, ''Sprinklers can and do stop a fire in its tracks: this considerably reduces both property damage and loss of facilities, and most importantly, protects all those living in care homes. Installing sprinklers in new or existing properties can result in savings in building costs, improvements in circulation through homes and help manage problems relating to full scale evacuation of residents - especially at night.''

Sprinklers are proven to be the most effective way to control or extinguish fires and allow safe escape from buildings. The campaign will raise awareness of the cost effectiveness of sprinklers, the benefits in legal compliance, and the wider advantages of robust fire prevention measures. In addition, it also plans to stress how the installation of sprinklers usually results in considerable savings in respect of insurance premiums and elimination of deductibles.
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