As one Tennessee town weighs a sprinkler ordinance, another credits sprinklers for averting disaster

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 11, 2014

Tennessee Fire Sprinkler CoalitionThe town of La Vergne may join other Tennessee communities with sprinkler ordinances on the books.

Earlier this month, the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to approve the first reading of the ordinance, according to a story from a local ABC affiliate. "This [ordinance] could save one life, and if it saves one life that is plenty," Vice-Mayor Chris Farmer told the station. "I don't want houses like they've been built before. I want quality homes that people can feel safe in." A second reading on the ordinance is scheduled for May.

If residents and legislators in La Vergne need more convincing of the benefits of sprinklers, they should focus their attention to nearby Hendersonville. This week, a sprinkler system inside a residence contained a cooking fire to the area of origin. Water damage was minimal, and residents were allowed back into their home soonafter the incident. All residents escaped the fire without injury.

Looking for additional sprinkler saves? Check out NFPA's new report "Sprinkler Successes in One- and Two-Family Homes and Apartments."