The Government are ‘playing with children’s lives’ by not installing sprinklers in all schools, a fire arch has warned.
Figures showed only a third of schools built in England in new years have sprinklers, which London Fire Brigade (LFB) Commissioner Dany Cotton says is ‘outrageous’.
Ms Cotton bloody the Department for Education (DfE) for consulting on proposals to break the expectancy of installing the systems in new-build schools.
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is job for all new and refurbished schools to be propitious with sprinklers, as they are already imperative in Scotland and Wales.
The Commissioner, who led the emergency response to the Grenfell Tower blaze, criticised the breeze proposals to relax manners that were forsaken in the arise of the tragedy that killed at slightest 80 people.
Ms Cotton said: ‘I consider it was outrageous. we suspicion ‘How can we play with children’s lives like that?’
‘I just do not know because it wouldn’t be done mandatory and wouldn’t be done a requirement to fit sprinklers in schools at new-build stage.
‘And what we don’t wish to see is a very vast school fire to be the thing that brings about that change,’ she told BBC Breakfast.
Less than a third of the 260 schools built given 2014 as partial of the Schools Building Programme have sprinklers, the NFCC said.
A decade ago the suit of schools built with sprinklers was 70%, it said.
The LFB, which is called out to some-more than 80 school fires a year in the capital, pronounced only 4 of the 184 new or refurbished schools it suggested last year acted on its recommendations and commissioned sprinklers.
The NFCC pronounced sprinklers, which are commissioned in just 5% of schools in England and Wales, are the many effective way to safeguard that fires are suppressed or extinguished before the fire service can arrive.
More than 1,300 schools in the UK humour fires vast adequate to be attended by internal management fire and rescue services any year.
Figures show schools in London had some-more than 700 fires between 2009 and Jul 2017, but sprinklers were only commissioned in 15 cases.
The DfE pronounced it has always been the case that sprinklers should be commissioned when endorsed by a risk assessment.