Vulnerable people will soon be receiving the latest sprinkler system in their homes.

The new scheme set up by Harrow Borough Council and London Fire Brigade and will target people who are most at risk of causing a fire in their homes.

So far, the council has referred the details of 60 homes to the fire brigade, with all referrals seen within 48 hours.

Richard Claydon, London Fire Brigade commander for Harrow, said: “We make a point of seeing at-risk residents quickly to ensure they stay safe. This isn’t about dictating to people about their lifestyles, but just ensuring they cut down on fire risks.

“Harrow is one of the first boroughs in North London to begin kitting homes out with this sprinkler system. We have been very impressed with it in trials. It is like having a fire fighter in your home.”

Councillor Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council, said: “We are committed to making Harrow safer so were happy to financially underwrite this programme.

“We have seen all too many examples of where a small flat or house fire proves to be fatal, so I am very pleased we are offering extra help to those most at risk in Harrow.”