SPRINKLERS must be installed in all new and refurbished schools around West Yorkshire, say firefighters.
Their calls for the safety measures follow two serious fires last Wednesday night, at schools in Leeds and Bradford.
The Local Government Association, of which the West Yorkshire Fire Authority is a member, recently began a campaign calling for compulsory installation of sprinklers in new schools.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Monks, the county's head of fire safety, said: "Sprinklers are by far the most effective and efficient way of protecting schools, pupils, staff and people called upon to fight fire."
He added: "While we accept that there would be major difficulty in fitting sprinklers in existing schools there should be no question about installing them in new buildings or during major refurbishments."
Victoria Park School in Bramley, Leeds, and Whetley Primary School in Girlington, Bradford, were hit by blazes last week.
More than 2,000 schools are damaged by fire in the UK each year - and 70% of the fires are started deliberately.
In 2001, school fires cost the nation £100m.
The Local Government Association says the cost of fitting sprinkler systems would pay for itself within six years, thanks to reduced insurance premiums.
Mr Monks added: "We don't want to wait for a tragedy before people sit up and listen."