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According to an article in The Columbian a fire that started in the garage was quickly doused by the home’s fire sprinkler system, limiting damage. Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire and Rescue stated that the damage would have been much worse without the fire sprinklers. No one was home at the time of the incident.

FireClarkCountyWAThe house, built in 2005, is fairly new. Clark County adopted the home fire sprinkler requirement in 2004; with the inclusion of fire sprinklers in attached garages. As reported, Chief Dawdy said homeowner, Sherri Willette, did not want a sprinkler system put in the home when it was built. Now, Dawdy said; “She says she wouldn’t build a house without them.” What a difference a fire makes…

 

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Maria Figueroa

According to an article in The Columbian the fire that started in the garage was quickly doused by the home’s fire sprinkler system, limiting damage. Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire and Rescue stated that the damage would have been much worse without the fire sprinklers. No one was home at the time of the incident.

The house, built in 2005, is fairly new. Clark County adopted the home fire sprinkler requirement in 2004; include fire sprinklers in attached garages. As reported, Chief Dawdy said homeowner, Sherri Willette, did not want a sprinkler system put in the home when it was built. Now, Dawdy said; “She says she wouldn’t build a house without them.” What a difference a fire makes…

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Maria Figueroa

 

The city of Kenai, Alaska, recently passed an ordinance that provides a homeowner tax credit for the installation of residential sprinkler systems. Homeowner who install a sprinkler system will receive a tax credit up to the total cost of the installation of the system, or two dollars per square foot for the size of their home, not including their garage.

Terry Bookey, a member of the Kenai City Council and a former Kenai firefighter, spoke at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, and said that he's seen the ruin caused by home fires -- the lives lost and the property destroyed. "And I know devastation would be reduced if residential sprinkler systems were more widespread," he said. "So not only do residential sprinklers protect lives and property, they also provide an increased level of protection for myself and my fellow firefighters when we respond to home fires."

Read more about the tax credit program that's been initiated in Kenai, Alaska.

- Mike Hazell

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