A FIRE chief has backed calls for automotic sprinkler systems to be installed in all new homes.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s assistant chief fire officer John Baines spoke at a seminar hosted by the brigade at its headquaters in Washignton.
The event was aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of life-saving sprinkler systems.
Mr Baines said: “In the same way that seat belts and airbags have become a standard feature in cars, we are supporting the national campaign to make sprinklers a standard safety feature in the home.
“Sprinklers are incredibly affordable, but more importantly if universally installed, they will almost eliminate fire deaths in the home.
“Recent incidents, where children have died in two severe fires, have further brought focus to the need for action.
“Over the next 25 years, based on an extrapolation of 2010/11 national statistics, another 8,000 people will lose their lives in fires and 185,000 will be seriously injured. These lives could be saved with the introduction of sprinklers.”