In recent letters to the governors of Florida and Georgia, and to members of the New Hampshire Senate, NFPA President Jim Shannon is calling for the rejection of bills that would prohibit the inclusion of home fire sprinkler requirements.
"In 2006, three major NFPA codes were revised to include the requirement for home fire sprinklers in new construction of one- and two-family dwellings," he wrote. "In 2008, the International Code Council voted to add a similar provision to the 2009 edition of International Residential Code. This occurred through a well-established process involving both public and private entities and cannot be influenced by any single special interest group. These codes identify the minimum standards of safety to protect people in their homes."
Mr. Shannon wrote that these anti-sprinkler bills ignore the success of a proven safety technology. "Any proposal that removes this requirement from the code reduces the established minimum standards of safety in one- and two-family homes and equates to substandard housing," he said.