Life-savers are fitted as standard

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CARNOUSTIE’S new council houses have an added safety feature that will dramatically increase chances of survival in the event of a fire.

On Tuesday, while conducting the first home fire safety visit on one of the new council houses on the site of the old Kinloch Primary School, members of Tayside Fire and Rescue gave the Guide & Gazette a sneak preview of the new sprinkler system.

Station manager Fraser Scott, local risk manager for all of Angus East, was on hand to explain.

He said: “Angus Council have put sprinklers into all new build properties and Tayside Fire and Rescue are big advocates of this.

“We’ve also contacted all the residents and offered them a free fire safety home visit to explain the dangers to them and to design a fire action plan.”

To reduce costs the sprinkler system is installed during construction, and pipe work is run along the framework and has a small subtle outlet in each room.

When the temperature in a room reaches 60 degrees Celsius the sprinkler triggers and a localised shower douses the fire, limiting property damage.

Fraser added: “With it people are going to have a better chance should there be a fire.”

Caroline McIntyre moved into her new house on Sunday and was keen for the fire safety visit to be carried out.

She said: “The peace of mind is just absolutely fabulous.”

Cara Ferrier, housing manager for Angus Council said: “In total 149 houses are being built in Angus. These are the first, and those in Arbroath, at Harry Farmer Close, are due to be completed in March.”

To arrange a free fire safety home visit call Tayside Fire and Rescue on 0300 1239998.