An article in whathouse.com.uk reports that the country of Wales, UK has officially enacted a requirement for fire sprinklers in all new homes. The law "supported by the Fire Brigades Union and various sprinkler campaigners, will apply to all new homes built in Wales as well as new care homes and university halls of residence" with an implementation date of September 2013.
On February 16, 2011 Welsh Assembly members voted in favor of the law that compels house builders to fit automatic sprinklers into new homes built in Wales.
The Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure was introduced by Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones who explains; “This is a law that will save lives.” Mrs. Jones adds; “Fire safety in homes has improved over the years but we cannot ignore the fact that 80 per cent of deaths and injuries from fire in Wales still occur in the home...the evidence backs this up, that sprinkler systems in homes will make a difference in this area.”
The measure needed to be approved by the Privy Council, and that occured on April 7, 2011. With this action Wales becomes the first counhttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef016766fd1191970b-pitry to require fire sprinklers in all new homes. Here's hope that the U.S. is not too far behind and that every state in the U.S. adopts mandatory home fire sprinkler systems for all new home construction.