Fred Durso

Oh, Canada! First municipality in Ontario mandates sprinkler systems

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Apr 1, 2014

Canadian sprinkler requirementsResidents in the Ontario city of Vaughan can sleep easier now that their new homes will include an important safety feature.

According to a recent article in Mechanical Business Magazine, the city recently mandated sprinkler systems in all new low-rise homes. One local developer, states the story, is already in the process of sprinklering a 136-unit town home and semi-detached home development. The article also notes that this requirement "could be one of the most significant turning points for sprinkler installation" since Vaughan required sprinklers in condos in 2010.

Another interesting factoid is that there hasn't been a single fire fatality in a Canadian home with properly installed and functional sprinklers. Additionally, code provisions have made sprinkler maintenance easier than ever.

"Newer systems can go into walls or ceilings, and be painted to match the decor," says Sean Pearce, national marketing manager for the Canadian Automatic Sprinker Association. "Maintenance is almost nothing with options like NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, passive purge models that test the system each time water is used. Code changes have made all those kinds of things available for residential systems."