Mount­ing on on sprin­klers

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“As the min­is­ters re­spec­tively for ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing and the Home Of­fice, I call on you to look at this is­sue as a pri­or­ity and en­sure that our schools and pub­lic spa­ces are made safe, through the in­tro­duc­tion of manda­tory sprin­kler sys­tems.”

The Northum­ber­land Labour Group has also launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing for all schools to be fit­ted with sprin­klers af­ter it emerged there are around 700 school fires a year in Eng­land.

Cur­rently, sprin­klers are manda­tory in new school build­ings in Scot­land and Wales, but not in Eng­land and North­ern Ire­land

And fire safety in pub­lic build­ings like schools has come un­der close scru­tiny since the Gren­fell Tower tragedy in June.

Mr Lav­ery’s call fol­lows Chron­i­cleLive’s What Price Life? cam­paign which has called for safe­guard­ing re­views to be car­ried out on all vul­ner­a­ble build­ings and for sprin­klers to be fit­ted in high-rise blocks.

A Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion spokesman said: “The safety of chil­dren and young peo­ple is our top pri­or­ity.

“That’s why all schools must have a fire risk as­sess­ment and new schools un­dergo an ad­di­tional safety check while be­ing de­signed.

“It has al­ways been the case that where the risk as­sess­ment rec­om­mends sprin­klers in a school build­ing, they must be in­stalled.

“All school build­ing work must com­ply with build­ing reg­u­la­tions and all schools fol­low strict fire safety reg­u­la­tions to en­sure they are as safe as pos­si­ble and well pre­pared in the event of fire.

“Along­side the rest of Gov­ern­ment, we will take for­ward any find­ings from the pub­lic in­quiry into the Gren­fell Tower fire.”

To sign the Labour group’s pe­ti­tion, visit https://pe­ti­tion.par­lia­ment.uk/petitions/203838.

St Benet Bis­cop academy was dam­aged in the susepcted ar­son at­tack

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