The Welsh Assembly has voted itself the powers needed to make fire sprinklers mandatory for all new residential projects in the country
All homes including flats, care homes and university accommodation will be covered by the new powers.
The Welsh Assembly was unanimous in backing the reform which was proposed by Labour backbencher Ann Jones.
Addressing Assembly members in the Senedd, Jones said the building industry had had its chances to fit sprinklers in all new homes but that it was now time to legislate to ‘make people’s lives in Wales a lot safer.’
Law-making powers were drawn down from Westminster for the legislation.
The Vale of Clwyd Assembly Member said: ‘The times I have had to say to people a sprinkler system will not go off unless there is a fire at 68°C.
‘It won’t go off if you burn your toast. It won’t go off if the pizza’s burning. It will only go off when there is a fire and when it goes off that saves those lives.
‘It saves the lives of the people, it saves the lives of fire fighters having to go into burning buildings and it just makes sense to get on and do it now.’
A private member’s bill to extend the current requirement for fire-suppression systems in the UK was introduced to parliament last year and will subjected to line-by-line scrutiny in the House of Lords early next month (3 March).