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Portable misting system gave peace of mind

15/01/13

The daughter of a Derbyshire resident protected from a potentially serious fire by a portable misting system, has spoken about the peace of mind she was given when the portable misting system was fitted into her mother's home.

On Friday 11 January, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service attended an address in Long Eaton, following a report that a portable misting system had activated.  On arrival at the property crews confirmed that the portable misting system had activated and completely extinguished a small bin fire.

In 2012, Firefighters first attended the Long Eaton property following a small fire; this led to a Home Fire Safety Check being carried out by Community Safety Officers who recommended that a portable misting system be fitted to safeguard the occupant.  With the full cooperation of the family, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service were able to fit the first ever portable misting system into a Derbyshire home, thanks to joint funding provided by Derbyshire County Council Adult Care.

Jodie Bestwick said: "Having a misting system fitted into my Mums home gave me peace of mind, knowing that if a fire did break out, she would be safe, I didn't expect she would actually have a fire that would test this system.
 
"I fully support Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service with their on-going campaign to have sprinklers fitted into all new homes, if there hadn't been a misting system in my Mums house; I dread to think what could have happened. This system saved her life."

 

Sprinklers have been successfully used for the protection of property such as factories, department stores and shopping centres for well over 130 years and there is now a growing appreciation of their potential to save lives in domestic properties where the majority of deaths from fire occur.

Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Sean Frayne said "On Friday evening, a small bin fire in a house in Long Eaton, was prevented from developing into something bigger by the quick activation of an automatic portable misting system. 

"Without this portable misting system, Firefighters could have been faced with a serious house fire with catastrophic consequences, instead they attended a house where the fire was completely extinguished and the occupant was able to return to her home within hours of the incident, something that would not have been possible if the misting system had not been in place.

"I will continue to campaign for domestic sprinklers to be fitted into all new homes and call upon those who have the power to change legislation to take note of this incident which clearly demonstrates the true lifesaving potential of domestic sprinklers. I would also ask members of the public to insist on having sprinklers installed in any new home that they are buying. We wouldn't buy a car without an airbag, so why buy a home without a lifesaving device. If people put the safety of their children and themselves first then housing providers will have to listen.

"It annoys me that the government who can legislate for this important change refuse to do so. It appears that they are not even willing to compromise and allow local planners the discretion to require domestic sprinklers to be fitted in all newly built homes."

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to work with local authorities, councils and registered social landlords to fit domestic sprinklers into the homes of those most vulnerable to fire, ensuring everything is being done to protect those that we can.

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Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Sean Frayne is available for interview regarding this incident.  Please contact Rachel Palmer, Press & Communications Officer on 07900 226081

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