Illinois initiative to require home fire sprinklers under way

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jul 12, 2012

RecessedAlarm PR reports on a two-pronged initiative in Illinois to require fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family dwellings, currently under way. The project is led by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) working with numerous fire service organizations and advocates. Tom Lia, Executive Director of NIFSAB explains that the emphasis is on assisting communities achieve individual adoptions through its residential building code, and State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis’ effort to adopt the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® statewide, which includes the requirement.  http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0177434c5c4c970d-pihttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017616663322970c-pihttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017616662c6e970c-pi http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0177434c56a0970d-pi

The latest community to adopt, as reported in an earlier post, is the Village of Gurnee, joins 77 other communities in IL that have adopted the requirement. NFPA was instrumental in assisting NIFSAB and field advocates make the case for the fire sprinkler requirement.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, NIFSAB is using Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition educational materials, and ready to use advocacy tools available here.

Contact Tom Lia  of Russ Sanders, NFPA Regional Director for additional information on the initiative under way in IL.

Maria Figueroa