Letter to the editor urges passage of bill in NJ requiring home fire sprinklers in new homes

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Oct 2, 2012

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32088281970b-piA letter to the editor posted on BarneganManahawkinPattch.com urges the passage of a bill in NJ that would require fire sprinklers in all newly constructed one- and two-family homes.

NJ fireWritten by David Kurasz, Executive Director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, and citing a recent tragedy in Berkeley, NJ on the early morning of Sept. 9, 2012, when a “quick-moving
fire claimed the life of an elderly man
” and injured one firefighter, the letter highlights the ability of home fire sprinkler systems to save lives and reduce risk to firefighters.

“Despite heroic efforts by the fire department and first responders, the http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32088281970b-pifire grew too intense too quickly, making it difficult to enter the residence,” Kurasz said. He explains that NJ has seen an increase in the number of house and apartment fires recently with “catastrophic property loss and in this case a tragic loss of life.”

To prevent these tragedies Kurasz points out that these tragedies can be prevented with the presence of fire sprinklers to mitigate risk to individuals affected by the blaze; both occupants and responding firefighters.

Kurasz informs that there is pending legislation in New Jersey - bill A1570 – “which would mandate fire sprinklers for all newly constructed one-and two-family homes and that, “if passed, this legislation would help to reduce the devastating effects of fires and help protect New Jersey residents in the places where they should feel safest -- their homes.”http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32088281970b-pi

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32088281970b-piNJ_FSINJ home fire sprinkler advocates are united under the umbrella of the NJ Fire Sprinkler Coalition. If you would like more information about the coalition visit its website or contact NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers.

Read David Kurasz" letter