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Schools: Fire Extinguishers

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the plans to install sprinkler systems in new and refurbished schools extend to all categories of state schools. (167323)

The Department's policy on sprinkler systems is that a risk assessment should be undertaken for new and refurbishment projects in all categories of state-funded schools. To help local authorities and school designers to decide when sprinklers are needed, DCSF has produced a risk assessment tool and a cost benefit analysis tool. See

www.teachernet.gov.uk/fire.

Our expectation is that nearly all new schools and some refurbished schools will have fire sprinklers installed, however this is not a compulsory measure. There may be cases where local authorities or other promoters of schools consider that sprinklers are not needed. If so, they will need to be able to demonstrate that such schools are very low risk and that sprinklers would not represent good value for money.