NFPA President James M. Shannon and representatives of every major fire service organization in the state came together on November 3, 2011, to protest the new building code in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which omits the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction.
Saying that the state building regulations board is playing with fire, NFPA President Jim Shannon and every major fire service organization in Massachusetts joined forces at a rallly on November 3 to protest the state’s new building code. The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) recently removed the provision for fire sprinklers in new homes from the state’s building code.
"The BBRS should reverse their action," said Mr. Shannon. "They should not allow substandard homes to be built in Massachusetts."
During the rally, a dramatic side-by-side demonstration confirmed the value of home fire sprinklers.
A fire totally destroys an unsprinklered room during a live, side-by-side demonstration at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA. In the room outfitted with a single sprinkler head, the sprinkler activated after 20 seconds and quickly brought down the flames.
- See more photos of the rally and home fire sprinkler demonstration.
- Learn more about NFPA's effort to get home sprinkler requirements reinstated in the Massachusetts building code.