California community builds first sprinkler-equipped homes

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Oct 3, 2011

As a resident of Apple Valley (CA), where sprinklers have been a state-wide requirement in all new one- and two- family homes since January, former firefighter Don Cox is preparing to move into one of the first houses in his community to be outfitted with the protection of a sprinkler system. “I think it’s a great thing,” said Mr. Cox, according to a recent article in the Victor Valley Daily Press, citing that the relative low cost of installing sprinklers is "nothing compared to the cost of a fire."

The California Building Standards Commission voted to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code, including its requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two- family dwellings, in January. 

- Karen Wallingford