It’s a little safer for Westchester, IL, residents if there’s a fire. Last month, the village voted to amend and update its building code, which included a requirement for fire sprinkler systems in new construction single-family homes. According to a report on lagrange.suntimes.com, Westchester is now one of 91 Illinois communities with home fire sprinkler requirements.
Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, says sprinklers not only makes sense in terms of life safety, but also financially for residents and communities. Due to the protection they provide, home fire sprinklers reduce insurance rates for homeowners. Communities that do not update to the latest codes that include home fire sprinklers may also lose grading points from the Insurance Services Office and pay more for insurance.
Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative website for more information and resources to help communicate the impact of home fire sprinklers.