Citing safety concerns and new methods of construction Minnesota (MN) Governor Mark Dayton vetoed anti-sprinkler legislation. SF1717 would have prohibited local jurisdictions from requiring installation of automatic fire sprinklers in single family dwellings. The governor vetoed similar legislation last year.
In his veto message the governor reiterates his position and says, “As I stated in my veto message last year, I take very seriously the concerns which fire safety professionals have expressed about the safety of home residents, their properties, and the lives of the men and women who courageously risk their lives to fight those fires. They are concerned that newly built homes burn more quickly, and that more firefighters are injured when floors collapse during fires. They contend that, with sprinkler systems in place, fires could be more readily contained, resulting in fewer injuries and deaths to homeowners and firefighters.”
The inclusion of the requirement in the model code will soon be considered for adoption in the state. With this action the governor recognizes the code adoption process, not legislative action, as the venue where objections to the requirement are best handled.
Governor Dayton has, once again demonstrated his commitment to life safety for the people of Minnesota. Common sense and the facts have prevailed over special interests.