Fire safety advocates led a successful effort in Kansas this month to defeat what they described as a dangerous piece of legislation. House Bill 2515 would have prohibited local jurisdictions from adopting sprinkler requirements in homes. The bill did not receive the needed votes to pass.
“The fire service in Kansas should be commended for their leadership in promoting home fire sprinklers,” said James M. Shannon, NFPA president. “They know first hand the devastating consequences of fire and know those losses can be significantly reduced with home fire sprinklers.” Click here to read the press release
Similar legislation has been introduced in eleven other states. The time is now to call your state senators and representatives to provide them with the facts so that they are able to make an informed decision. Let them know that this is a matter of life safety for occupants and firefighters. These bills also take away the right of communities to make their own decisions. Both points are equally important to emphasize.