Forty years and 19 surgeries later, Billerica Firefighter Phil Tammaro stood with representatives of every major fire service organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to urge the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards to include the provision for home fire sprinklers in new one and two family homes. At the age of two, Tammaro was burned in a home fire and suffered third degree burns on 35 percent of his body."I'm concerned that the BBRS is setting a dangerous precedent by going below the established minimum level of safety for home construction," said Tammaro. In addition to his work in fire prevention for the Billerica fire department, Tammaro works with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.
He spoke as part of a press conference hosted by the National Fire Protection Association to protest against the new building code in Massachusetts.
All national model building codes include the requirement for fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. The BBRS promulgated a building code for the Commonwealth in August and omitted the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction.
More information on the code action in Massachusetts can be found at www.firesprinklersma.org.