Fire Extinguishers

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered at on 1 September 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enable local authorities to enforce the retrofitting of sprinklers in leaseholder properties.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government has been clear that building owners are responsible for making sure that any existing residential building has the appropriate fire safety in place, including the retrofit of sprinklers where necessary. Sprinklers are only one of the fire safety measures which can be provided in an overall fire safety package and an appropriate level of fire safety can be achieved without the need to retrofit sprinklers.

Building owners should take advice from competent professionals and decide whether or not to retrofit sprinklers. For buildings in scope of the new building safety regime, the Accountable Person will be required to demonstrate how they are managing fire and structural risks on an ongoing basis.

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