!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff2da4e7970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff2da4e7970d-320wi|alt=ICMA sprinkler|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=ICMA sprinkler|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff2da4e7970d!An article in Public Management (PM), the official magazine of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) makes the case for home fire sprinklers. Excerpts from the article follow:
As the decision whether to require residential fire sprinklers reaches state and local governments, passionate arguments are being made by proponents and opponents alike. Encompassed in this emotional debate are data and research—some more reliable than others—along with myths and unsupported assumptions.
The challenge for managers and elected officials is determining the acceptable level of fire risk and making the best decision for their communities.
Several states have prevented local governments from adopting new sprinkler protection standards.
For local governments, installation of sprinklers offers a number of quality-of-life benefits, as demonstrated in recent studies.
ICMA’s Center for Public Safety Management staff members have worked with a number of communities that are researching current and future sprinkler deployment decisions. Addison, Texas, presented ICMA with one of the best views of what a community can look like if it is entirely sprinkler protected.
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative will be participating in the upcoming ICMA 99th Annual Conference  being held in Boston this month. Our participation will ensure that home fire sprinklers remain front and center in the mind of public officials.