Fire safety campaigners have described government plans to extend sprinklers to care homes but not schools as “illogical”.

In a letter to the government, insurer Zurich Municipal warned of an “inequality” in fire safety standards after ministers announced proposals for compulsory sprinklers in care homes in England, despite rejecting them in schools. 

Writing to the Schools Minister, MP Nick Gibb, Zurich Municipal welcomed the government’s plans to protect cares homes but called for pupils to be given the same protection in schools.  

‘Schools are a comparable community asset to care homes – if not greater, considering the other roles school buildings play in local community life’ the insurer wrote.


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