Despite sprinkler setback, community keeps education at the forefront

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 10, 2014

Galesburg IllinoisThe Register-Mail reports that a local code commission in Illinois has recommended that an update to the city's building code should not include requirements for home fire sprinklers.

Agreeing to update the city of Galesburg's current residential code to the 2012 edition of the International Residential Code, the Overall Code Review Commission voted down the requirement to install sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.

"There was a lot of discussion involved with the vote," city building inspector Matthew Carlson told the publication. "At this time, [the commission] felt like it was a bit much to mandate [sprinkler installations]. No one was really against it, but they really wanted this to be a decision that was up to the homeowner."

Despite the setback, sprinkler advocates vowed to continue their efforts. Galesburg Fire Chief Tom Simkins stated in a press release that it is his "obligation and duty to promote the use of fire sprinklers where feasible in Galesburg." The commission's recommendations are being sent to Galesburg's City Council for review. In the interim, Carlson tells the Register-Mail that his office is developing educational information on residential sprinklers for homeowners.

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