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Government opens consultation on sprinklers in new care homes

A Government consultation is seeking views on the installation of sprinklers in all new care homes, irrespective of height.

The consultation, which closes on Friday 17 March 2023, also proposes provisions for smaller new care homes. There is no proposal to require retrofitting of sprinklers in existing homes.

Supporting the proposals, the Government describes care homes as an important community asset. Fire incidents can require rehoming residents, possibly away from their local area, which can be distressing to the people living there and to their families. Sprinklers control the fire size and reduce damage, minimising the risk of residents needing to be rehomed.

The preferred policy option, installing sprinklers into all new care homes regardless of height, is estimated to have a total cost of £161.5 million to businesses, with around £35.0 million in benefits to society.

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