Call to Action: Mandate Fire Sprinklers in Residential Structures

Posted: 7/12/2013

The Office of the State Fire Marshall is working to mandate fire sprinklers in residential structures by incorporating the latest NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.  However, the Home Builders Association and BOMA are trying to prevent it.  Let's fight for life safety by contacting the JCAR members.

Download the contact information for the members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules below.

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Click here to email the entire group now!

Below are residential fire sprinkler facts to help you write your email:

• All of the national model building codes, have recognized the lifesaving benefits of fire sprinklers and have adopted residential sprinklers for new construction into their codes

• Installing fire sprinklers provide cost saving building code trade-ups for builders, as well as considerable insurance discounts for home and building owners

• The majority of fatal fires occur during sleeping hours and fire sprinklers can protect the special fire protection needs of high risk populations such as infants, children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities, who often are the most challenged trying to escape a fire safely

• On average 7 people die in residential fires per day (2,570 per year), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 92% of all civilian structure fire deaths occur in residential dwellings

• Research conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that home fires become deadly and double in size in minutes

• The majority of fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, which fire sprinklers can prevent by reducing the density and toxicity of smoke, as well as immediately attacking its source

• In the past 30 years, the contents of homes have become considerably more flammable because the glue, plastics and synthetic materials used in furniture and appliances burn more quickly and intensely, as well as produce more carcinogenic emissions

• Floors can collapse within 7 minutes of the start of a fire, leaving residents and firefighters injured and trapped

• The majority of fatal fires occur during sleeping hours and fire sprinklers can protect the special fire protection needs of high risk populations such as infants, children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities, who often are the most challenged trying to escape a fire safely

• Research conducted by Factory Mutual shows a 98% reduction in greenhouse gases, a 97% reduction in fire damage and a 90% reduction in water usage in fires extinguished by fire sprinklers

• Sprinkler systems are activated by intense heat at the source of the fire, not throughout the building

 

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