According to a report on WYFF-4 in Greenville, SC, firefighters are leading the charge to get sprinklers required in every new 1- and 2-family home in the state.
“It is there 24/7 on the scene already. It will control a fire setting and give you an opportunity to get out of that house,” Chief Phill Jolley of the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department, told the station.
The International Codes Council passed the new home requirement with a start date of January, 2011. The South Carolina Building Codes Council still needs to approve it. Residential sprinklers have been required in the following NFPA codes since the 2006 editions: NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code®; NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; and NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®.
Home builders argue that the cost to them and home buyers is too great. Firefighters said that's a misconception. “The average home we are talking $2,000 to $3,000. Most people in new homes these days spend more on granite counter tops,” Jolley said.
Sixty-four people have died in house fires this year in South Carolina, according to the state fire marshal.