Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation joined the chorus of those pointing out the irony of what is happening right now in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania -- people dying in home fires while at the same time the House voting to remove the provision to require fire sprinklers in new homes. The provision, which would went into effect January 1, 2011, follows all model codes in requiring home fire sprinklers in new one and two family homes but is now being threatened by HB 377, a bill that will come before the Senate in the next couple of weeks.
Writing in the Centre Daily in State College PA, Siarnicki compares the fire in Perry County where seven children dies in a home fire with a fire in a home in Montgomery County, MD that occurred the same day. In the Maryland home, a fire that began in the laundry room was contained by a residential sprinkler. No one was hurt and there was very little damage.
NFPA also weighed in this week in Pennsylvania with an ad that echoes Ron's sentiments.