Last legislative session the State of Texas passed a law prohibiting local jurisdictions from adopting one- and two-family home fire sprinkler requirements. Now, Mid-County fire officials are feeling the impact of this law on the community they serve.
One month after an 8,000 sq. ft. home burned to the ground in Port Neches, Texas, the city council was ready to introduce an ordinance requiring sprinklers in large homes. They soon found out that the state would not allow them to do so; and they are very upset.
The home in question was built in the mid 1990's (so much for newer homes not burning). It took fifty firefighters more than two hours to bring the fire under control. The roof collapsed and the house burned to the ground, impacting not only the family who occupied the home, but the entire neighborhood and community.
The win in Baltimore will prompt fire sprinkler opponents to push for more anti-fire sprinkler legislation this next go around. It's already started. Now is the time to "rally the troops", organize, build coalitions, and form work groups to be prepared to stop these from succeeding in your state. Bring all stakeholders to the table, educate your community by using the resources available from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and "get involved" by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter and participating in our discussion forums so you can stay informed. Visit the legislative alert section on our site to view any legislative action that may be introduced in your state. Take steps now to make sure your community is protected for this and future generations.