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Council installs sprinklers in every flat in its tower blocks

10 March 2020

Every flat in all of Ellesmere Port's tower blocks has been fitted with a sprinkler ensuring residents can sleep soundly.

Work to fit the sprinklers in the borough’s high rise homes began three years ago and is now complete with each home protected from the danger of fire.

Resident Neil McHugh said: “You feel safe now and more secure because you know if there is a fire, you are covered."

Cllr Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “The Grenfell Tower disaster was devastating. 

“This Council is committed to ensuring that residents who live in our tower blocks feel safe in their own home, so installation of the sprinklers in the high rise Council housing began in 2015. It is important that every flat is fitted with a sprinkler because this will protect the whole community in the tower block. We are delighted that every tenant can sleep safe in the knowledge that in the event of a fire, they will be alerted by an alarm and protected by a sprinkler.”

Since the Grenfell fire disaster in London, work to install sprinklers in every flat in the blocks increased. 

Cheshire Fire Authority provided £36,000 towards the project.

The Chair of the authority, Cllr Bob Rudd, concluded: “Sprinklers are the equivalent to having a firefighter ready and waiting in every room of your home or business.

“Sprinklers suppress fire before it has a chance to take hold and spread which in turn limits the damage it causes to buildings and property. This makes the device an ideal choice for property management companies and local authority housing associations to help protect their assets from fire, but also to keep tenants and their families safe.”